At the Lib Dem conference last month, Simon Hughes told my colleague Brian Owens that Nick Clegg had agreed to delay any response to Browne until the party had had a chance to assess and discuss the issues. This appears to be what is indeed transpiring.
Doorstepped by the BBC this morning, Vince Cable outlined what he will tell the House of Commons later.
“We will not be giving a definitive response," he said. "I’ll just be giving a preliminary response from government.”
Meanwhile, Hughes has issued a statement as deputy leader.
“We all have a duty to read and consider fully Lord Browne’s proposals and the Government's response,” he writes. “Today will not be the last word on policy for funding higher education in England. All MPs should now engage constructively in questions, answers and debate in Parliament. We must also listen to the considered responses of our constituents and the wider public before we come to take our final personal and collective decisions on the best way forward.”