Gray report: Brakes put on
It's now been put to me that from No 10 's point of view, a set of brakes was put on the interim Gray report because they were reluctant to publish the report's findings on their own.
Downing Street came to the conclusion that they wanted to have an agreed direction of travel, for example draft proposals in the expected Green Paper, before Bernard Gray's work was made public.
Now it's not as if the government always has an immediate response to reviews they commission. Sometimes they say, "thanks very much" and they sit on the shelf for months. Sometimes, a few months later, legislation is forthcoming.
But in this case, Downing Street was seemingly not prepared to allow Mr Gray's hard-hitting verdicts on the MoD to be released in stark isolation - as we now know, they didn't get their way.