Figures from The Scotsman newspaper 4 September 2007:
Amount Scotland's oil reserves are worth for every man, woman and child in Scotland:
About 50% of Scotland's North Sea oil has so far been extracted. About 50% remains (approximately 43,800,000 barrels)
Amount contributed to Britain's balance sheet by oil and gas £34 billion
Brian Ashcroft, Wendy Alexander's husband, is to step down from his academic post to spend more time with their twins. (The Scotsman - For love of Wendy and their children)
"Professor Brian Ashcroft, policy director of the pro-Union economic think-tank, the Fraser of Allander Institute, was filmed arguing that Scotland would be more prosperous as a separate country than having full tax-raising powers as part of the UK."
Brian Ashcroft is the husband of the current Scottish Labour leader, Wendy Alexander.