As Westminster waits for the publication of Sir Gus O’Donnell’s report into whether Liam Fox broke the ministerial code as a result of his friendship with Adam Werritty, Number 10 is drip-feeding new revelations into the public domain.
The latest is that Werritty met other defence ministers: specifically Gerald Howarth and Lord Astor. We don’t know when, where or how often though.
The other piece of news is that Werritty did not have any meetings in the Foreign Office or Number 10. What about other departments? Apparently the government hasn’t checked that.
Yet again, the new information only begs more questions.
Why was he meeting these ministers? How often did he see them? What did they discuss? Has he been into other departments?
The prime minister suggested last Wednesday he might publish a full list of Werritty’s meetings with all ministers. It looks like this suggestion has been allowed to wither on the vine.
We will simply have to hope that Sir Gus’s report when it is released later today tackles these issues once and for all.
UPDATE - Whatever the report says (and we will bring it to you soon after it is published at 2pm), we won’t have the benefit of getting a proper debate on it.
Speaker John Bercow has just refused an urgent question from Ed Miliband on the subject, which is strange given Bercow has been so good at allowing parliamentary time for the big issue of the day.