There's no doubting the "any other business" part of the Joint Ministerial Working Group's meeting in Westminster on Monday was dominated by raised eyebrows and a collective "well?"
The fact no decision was reached on the issue of devolving the power to set corporation tax powers to the executive probably didn't really come as such a shock but the fact that a decision looks so far off has.
Those involved in the campaign have expressed their frustration at the delay, particularly after they have so painstakingly presented every fact and figure to the Treasury so as to leave no corporation tax stone unturned.
Maybe its the civil servants in the Treasury "who have a mind of their own," as Peter Robinson said again last week, maybe it's an overly cautious approach by the Chancellor but whatever the reason lets hope there's a decision in September.
Maybe the Treasury doesn't want to be bothered with making such a decision over the summer holidays but our economy needs to know if we're to get the stimulus which could be the answer to our prayers.