A UK energy minister has warned that the UK would cut renewables investment in Scotland if the country became independent.

Conservative MP Michael Fallon told the Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee: "It might be very difficult to persuade taxpayers in Wales, England and Northern Ireland to go on subsidising the deployment of renewables in Scotland at a scale that we have seen up to now".

Earlier this week Labour's shadow energy secretary Caroline Flint warned that Scotland's dash for green power would "grind to a halt" if the country became independent.

Writing in the Herald she also cited a report by Citigroup that warned energy bills could rise by up to £875 a year if Scottish consumers had to invest in all the country's renewables.