Asked about the numbers of passport applications in the backlog the PMS referred to the Prime Minister’s words in the House of Commons earlier. The government would continue to monitor the situation carefully. The PM had explained that just under 30,000 straightforward applications currently in the system had taken longer than the 3 week target. Examples of non straightforward applications included a child’s first passport and overseas applications.
Asked about JK Rowling’s backing of the Better Together campaign and abuse directed at her, the PMS said the PM condemns all abuse and abusive behaviour in all walks of life. In terms of the Scottish referendum debate, the PM will continue to make the positive case for keeping the UK together.
Asked about the drop in wholesale prices and whether energy companies will pass on savings to customers, the PMS welcomed the fall in wholesale prices. These should be passed onto the customer. Concerns about how the market operates is why Ofgem is considering how the sector is referred to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). There is also a need to continue to encourage new entrants into the market.