Expenditure and Taxation Levels

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 1:50 pm on 20th November 1996.

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Photo of Alex Salmond Alex Salmond Leader, Scottish National Party 1:50 pm, 20th November 1996

Does the Secretary of State accept that, even using his Department's methodology, and allowing for Scotland's share of UK public borrowing and, of course, our share of our own natural resources, the fiscal surplus of Scotland in the past 17 years amounts to £80 billion, or £16,000 a head for every man, woman and child in the country? Can we arrange a seminar at which those facts could be explained to hon. Members such as the hon. Member for Isle of Wight (Mr. Field), which is seeking independence I understand, so that they can answer this simple question: if they really think that Scotland is subsidised, why are they so anxious to hang on to us?