In front of the cameras in the grandeur of the pillar room in No 10, the PM could not refuse to comment.
In an answer that appeared to have been carefully planned as you would expect, Mr Brown said that his first thoughts were always with the families of those who lost their lives in the Lockerbie bombing.
And on the reception that Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi received in Libya, the PM said he had been "angry and repulsed".
But on the inevitable question over what he thought of the decision to release of Megrahi well we are not any clearer.
Mr Brown said he had told Colonel Gaddafi that the Westminster government had no role in the decision over Megrahi.
And that as it was a matter for the devolved parliament, and a quasi judicial one at that (not something that Downing Street has chosen to highlight in recent days) the UK government "had no control and could not interfere".
The PM denied that UK relations with other nations had been undermined by Kenny MacAskill's decision.
So will it stop the opposition parties asking what the PM thinks of the decision?
Probably not, but by taking questions on the controversial release of the Lockerbie bomber, Mr Brown can no longer be accused of being the invisible man.
PS Due to a mistyping, an earlier version of this post read "Lebanon" where it should obviously have read "Libya". Apologies.