Apparently the Government has today, the eve of the long summer recess, published over 100 ministerial statements which include information such as spending on ministerial cars, the fact Blair's farewell tour cost us £1.5m and lots of other great nuggets of buried bad news.
According to the Leader of the House, Harriet "I'm a woman that is what I do" Harman, this is just a practical reality and they're not trying to hide anything at all, heaven forbid! Frankly I;m not surprised by the number of statements at all.
Over the session there have, quite literally, been 100s of hundreds of questions about costs and the like where the answer has been to say it will cost too much to answer and figures will published at the end of the year. In fact it happened this week and I guarantee the figure that were to expensive to publish on Tuesday were not too expensive to do so on Friday.
Prescott was brilliant at ignoring questions about spending and simply saying that the figure would be published at the end of the year. The modus operandi of New Labour in Parliament has always appeared to be to obfuscate the scrutiny process. If scrutiny cannot happen properly then it is possible for the Government to actively shape the message on their terms.