It looks like some momentum is building:
Mr Browne also said the government would "move at the appropriate pace" to get its policy right in relation to duty of care "to all of those whom we have a responsibility to".
He said: "We will do what we can in the meantime, as we continue to do, to keep those people who we think are under immediate threat safe."
A government spokeswoman said: "We are extremely grateful for the service of locally-employed staff in Iraq and take their security very seriously.
"We recognise that there are concerns about the safety of former employees. Government keeps all such issues under review and we will now look again at the assistance we provide."
I’m a little more optimistic about this than Justin, since I think it’s unlikely for opsec reasons that there’ll be a formal public announcement. People need to be extracted quietly so as not to tip off the insurgents that the process is underway, for one thing. What seems to have been achieved so far is getting the issue a bit more front and centre. Next job: keeping it there.
For the record, I don’t think that asylum for Iraqis should be restricted to the people working with the British army and administration. But if the government won’t help them, who will it help?
Meanwhile, Arrsers on the case.
UPDATE: The Rumour Service strikes. Those boys are pure journo crack. The Times story also confirms the suspicion that the government got caught pulling a sneak, something it won't be desperately happy about. I suspect one day we'll be running a save ARRSE campaign.