The report has already been issued in interim form and has been the subject of a unique convention intended to influence the final version. It had been due next week.
Several committee members confessed they had been forced into a rethink following the consultative conference in April. But Mr Neil said that there was nothing sinister in the delay.
"We simply wanted to make sure that it was well edited and presented to the standard that would be expected from a report dealing with further and higher education."