Gazette readers submitted a series of questions for our Independence debate in May, not all of which could be answered on the night.
And there were specific questions which could only be answered by either the Yes or No camps.
In this article, Robin McAlpine tackles the third question levelled at the Yes campaign.
Robin graduated from Glasgow University to work as a journalist, moving to London to become Press Officer to George Robertson, then Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland and leader of the Scottish Labour Party.
He then spent 12 years as head of public affairs for Scotland’s university sector.
Robin is currently director of the Jimmy Reid Foundation and Editor of the Scottish Left Review, Scotland’s leading left-of-centre political magazine.
In 2004 he set up the Scottish Left Review Press, a publishing arm of the Scottish Left Review.
Question: Getting women back to work by providing more childcare is a main theme of the Yes campaign. Where are the jobs coming from and will sufficient tax be generated to pay for the additional services?
Robin said: “This is a very sad one for me to answer. A wonderful woman economist called Ailsa McKay did the economic modelling to explain how it will work.
“She was a friend of mine and died from cancer earlier this year. Her work is solid – more women in the workforce creates more tax, more economic growth and there are more jobs as childcarers.
“To give you an idea of how significant this is, if you calculate the gap between how much wealth women create in the Norwegian economy and how much they create in Britain, it is actually worth more to Norway than its oil.”
Keep checking our website today for further answers from Robin and Professor Adam Tomkins from the No campaign throughout the day.