LONDON Feb 24 Scotland's First Minister Alex
Salmond said on Monday that latest opinion polls showed the race
for independence was tightening as he pledged that oil and gas
policy in the North Sea would be more stable under an
Speaking on the day the UK government is due to unveil a
North Sea strategy as it tries to persuade Scotland to remain in
the UK, Salmond said there had been 16 tax changes in the North
Sea in 10 years and 14 oil ministers in 17 years.
"One of the things that a Scottish control of oil and gas
would offer is a much more stable long-term policy," Salmond
said in an interview on BBC radio.
The UK government will on Monday announce how it plans to
unlock hard-to-extract North Sea gas and billions of barrels of
oil and gas in a bid to persuade Scotland to remain part of the
(Reporting by Karolin Schaps, Editing by Belinda Goldsmith)