This is the picture I've managed to put together so far from government sources of how ministers are in their negotiations with the Treasury over the huge cuts to be announced in the Comprehensive Spending Review on 20 October 2010.
Ken Clarke at Justice, as I reported on Newsnight last Thursday
Eric Pickles at Communities and Local Government, though most of his cuts will have to be made by local councils
Francis Maude, Cabinet Office, though he has a tiny budget
Iain Duncan Smith at Work + Pensions, though a senior DWP told me this weekend that "not much is happening on that at the moment"
Michael Gove at Schools, though I'm told his final deal probably won't be agreed until the last minute
Chris Huhne at Energy + Climate Change
Far from settled:
Liam Fox at Defence
Vince Cable at Business, partly because they are awaiting next month's report from Lord Browne on university funding
I'm Michael Crick, and I'm Newsnight's political editor. My guiding rule is that in any story there's usually something the politicians would prefer the world not to know. My job is to find that out. Follow me on Twitter
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