Of course, the answer to our question, in the current climate, may have been one the Government would have been reluctant to release, although I'm sure this is merely a coincidence.
It appears, however, that the Learning and Skills Council had no such qualms about releasing another, presumably more important, set of figures - this time showing how generously lecturers are paid.
Into my pigeon hole has dropped a bunch of statistics from the funding quango which suggest lecturers are positively rolling in cash - at least in Bury St Edmunds.
According to the LSC's financial "analysis" of colleges, hot off the press, average lecturers' pay at West Suffolk college is a mouthwatering Pounds 51,656-a-year.
It is, apparently, one of more than a dozen colleges which are paying their lecturers more than pound;40,000 a year.
Before we start a flood of plumbers wanting to retrain as lecturers, I should advise against swallowing these figures without at least a pinch of salt.
"Either we filled the forms in wrongly or there has been an error at the other end," said a baffled senior manager at West Suffolk. "We pay the Natfhe agreed rate, which would make our average salary around pound;30,000."
Asked why the figures were released, Richard Healey, the LSC's finance director, explained: "It shows our commitment to openness."