Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body

– in the Scottish Parliament at 3:29 pm on 19th May 1999.

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Photo of Lord David Steel Lord David Steel Presiding Officer, Scottish Parliament 3:29 pm, 19th May 1999

We now move to the election of members of the parliamentary corporation. We have received four nominations. In alphabetical order they are:

Robert Brown

Des McNulty

Andrew Welsh

John Young I would like to be able to say, "Are we all agreed?" and then to move on, but the standing orders will not allow me to do that; we have to go through the four separate voting procedures, as we did for the First Minister. I hope that the Procedures Committee will consider that issue very early on, but I am afraid that I am bound by the standing orders just as everyone else is.

I will put each election to the Parliament. In the first, there will be four candidates. I trust that one will then be elected. There will follow a second election, with three candidates. I trust that one will be elected. There will then be a third election, with two candidates and one will be elected. Finally, there will be a fourth election, with one candidate. To establish the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, it is necessary to have a quorum of voters in each election. I hope that that is quite clear.

We shall now proceed to the first election. Members who want to vote for Robert Brown should press the yes button now. Those who do not want to vote for him can press the abstain button. Is that quite clear?

Members:

No.

Photo of Bruce Crawford Bruce Crawford Scottish National Party

On a point of order. There is obviously some confusion about this afternoon's process. There is general agreement about what the process should be, but to ensure that everyone understands the voting process, it would be useful to have a short adjournment, if that is possible.

Photo of Lord David Steel Lord David Steel Presiding Officer, Scottish Parliament

We cannot have an adjournment, but I am very willing to go through the procedure more slowly.

Let me be blunt about the procedure. It might not have happened that each party made one nomination, but, as that is what has happened, there is agreement on who should constitute the corporate body. All that I have to do is to ensure that the procedure is followed in accordance with the standing orders.

Photo of Margaret Curran Margaret Curran Labour

I am sorry, Mr Presiding Officer, but members in this area still cannot hear you properly. [Interruption.]

Photo of Tom McCabe Tom McCabe Labour

I wish to raise a point of order similar to that raised by Mr Crawford. I think that a brief adjournment of no more than two minutes would be helpful in order to avoid any confusion during the vote.

Photo of Lord David Steel Lord David Steel Presiding Officer, Scottish Parliament

Mr McCabe, are you moving a motion to adjourn for two minutes?

Photo of Lord David Steel Lord David Steel Presiding Officer, Scottish Parliament

I accept the motion. We will adjourn for about two minutes. Will the four business managers meet in the well of the chamber.

Meeting adjourned at 15:41.

On resuming-

Photo of Lord David Steel Lord David Steel Presiding Officer, Scottish Parliament 3:44 pm, 19th May 1999

I trust that four successful tutorials have been held on this subject. We will try the procedure again.

There are four nominations for the parliamentary corporate body, and there will be four separate elections. In the first, there are four candidates.

Members who wish to vote for Robert Brown should do so by pressing the yes button now.

Members voted.

Photo of Lord David Steel Lord David Steel Presiding Officer, Scottish Parliament 3:46 pm, 19th May 1999

The voting time is up. Members who wish to vote for Des McNulty should vote yes now.

Members voted.

Photo of Lord David Steel Lord David Steel Presiding Officer, Scottish Parliament 3:47 pm, 19th May 1999

Voting time is closed. Members who wish to vote for Mr Andrew Welsh should do so now.

Members voted.

Photo of Lord David Steel Lord David Steel Presiding Officer, Scottish Parliament

I am going to reduce the voting time to 20 seconds, otherwise we are wasting time. Members who wish to vote for Des McNulty should press the yes button now.

I beg your pardon. We have not voted for Mr Andrew Welsh yet. Those who wish to vote for Mr Andrew Welsh should press the yes button now.

Sorry-we have done that. We are now on the fourth election.

Members who wish to vote for Mr John Young should do so now by pressing the yes button.

Members voted.

Photo of Lord David Steel Lord David Steel Presiding Officer, Scottish Parliament 3:49 pm, 19th May 1999

Voting time is up. Anyone wishing to record an abstention should press the abstention button now.

The time for voting is up. I declare the results as follows:

Robert Brown 108

Des McNulty 9

Andrew Welsh 1

John Young 0

Abstentions 0

VOTES FOR ROBERT BROWN

Division number 6

For: Adam, Brian, Aitken, Bill, Alexander, Ms Wendy, Baillie, Jackie, Barrie, Scott, Boyack, Sarah, Brankin, Rhona, Brown, Robert, Campbell, Colin, Canavan, Dennis, Chisholm, Malcolm, Craigie, Cathie, Crawford, Bruce, Cunningham, Roseanna, Curran, Ms Margaret, Davidson, Mr David, Deacon, Susan, Dewar, Donald, Douglas-Hamilton, Lord James, Eadie, Helen, Ewing, Fergus, Fabiani, Linda, Ferguson, Ms Patricia, Fergusson, Alex, Finnie, Ross, Galbraith, Mr Sam, Gallie, Phil, Gibson, Mr Kenneth, Gillon, Karen, Godman, Trish, Gorrie, Donald, Grahame, Christine, Grant, Rhoda, Gray, Iain, Hamilton, Mr Duncan, Harding, Mr Keith, Harper, Robin, Henry, Hugh, Home Robertson, Mr John, Hughes, Janis, Hyslop, Fiona, Ingram, Mr Adam, Jackson, Dr Sylvia, Jamieson, Cathy, Jenkins, Ian, Johnston, Mr Nick, Johnstone, Alex, Kerr, Mr Andy, Lamont, Johann, Livingstone, Marilyn, Lochhead, Richard, Lyon, George, MacAskill, Mr Kenny, Macintosh, Mr Kenneth, MacLean, Kate, Macmillan, Maureen, Martin, Paul, Marwick, Tricia, Matheson, Michael, McAllion, Mr John, McAveety, Mr Frank, McCabe, Mr Tom, McGrigor, Mr Jamie, McGugan, Irene, McIntosh, Mrs Lyndsay, McLeish, Henry, McLeod, Fiona, McLetchie, David, McMahon, Mr Michael, McNeil, Mr Duncan, McNeill, Pauline, McNulty, Des, Monteith, Mr Brian, Morrison, Mr Alasdair, Muldoon, Bristow, Mundell, David, Murray, Dr Elaine, Neil, Alex, Oldfather, Ms Irene, Peacock, Peter, Peattie, Cathy, Quinan, Mr Lloyd, Raffan, Mr Keith, Reid, Mr George, Robison, Shona, Robson, Euan, Rumbles, Mr Mike, Russell, Michael, Salmond, Mr Alex, Scanlon, Mary, Smith, Elaine, Smith, Iain, Smith, Mrs Margaret, Stephen, Nicol, Stone, Mr Jamie, Sturgeon, Nicola, Swinney, Mr John, Thomson, Elaine, Tosh, Mr Murray, Wallace, Ben, Wallace, Mr Jim, Watson, Mike, Welsh, Ian, Welsh, Mr Andrew, White, Ms Sandra, Whitefield, Karen, Wilson, Allan, Wilson, Andrew

VOTES FOR DES MCNULTY

VOTE FOR MR ANDREW WELSH

Division number 8

For: McNeill, Pauline

Photo of Lord David Steel Lord David Steel Presiding Officer, Scottish Parliament

I declare that Robert Brown is elected.

We now move into the second election, in which there are three candidates. They are: Des McNulty, Mr Andrew Welsh and John Young. There must be an easier way of doing this. Those who wish to vote for Des McNulty should press the yes button now.

Members voted.

Photo of Lord David Steel Lord David Steel Presiding Officer, Scottish Parliament 3:50 pm, 19th May 1999

The time for voting is up. Those who wish to vote for Mr Andrew Welsh should press the yes button now.

Members voted.

Photo of Lord David Steel Lord David Steel Presiding Officer, Scottish Parliament 3:51 pm, 19th May 1999

The time for voting is up. Those who wish to vote for John Young should press the yes button now.

Members voted.

Photo of Lord David Steel Lord David Steel Presiding Officer, Scottish Parliament

The time for voting is up. Anyone who wishes to abstain should press the abstain button now.

The time for voting is up. The results in this round are as follows:

Des McNulty 115

Andrew Welsh 0

John Young 0

Abstentions 0

VOTES FOR DES MCNULTY

Division number 9

For: Adam, Brian, Aitken, Bill, Alexander, Ms Wendy, Baillie, Jackie, Barrie, Scott, Boyack, Sarah, Brankin, Rhona, Brown, Robert, Campbell, Colin, Canavan, Dennis, Chisholm, Malcolm, Craigie, Cathie, Crawford, Bruce, Cunningham, Roseanna, Curran, Ms Margaret, Davidson, Mr David, Deacon, Susan, Dewar, Donald, Douglas-Hamilton, Lord James, Eadie, Helen, Elder, Dorothy-Grace, Ewing, Fergus, Fabiani, Linda, Ferguson, Ms Patricia, Fergusson, Alex, Finnie, Ross, Galbraith, Mr Sam, Gallie, Phil, Gibson, Mr Kenneth, Gillon, Karen, Godman, Trish, Gorrie, Donald, Grahame, Christine, Grant, Rhoda, Gray, Iain, Hamilton, Mr Duncan, Harding, Mr Keith, Harper, Robin, Home Robertson, Mr John, Hughes, Janis, Hyslop, Fiona, Jackson, Dr Sylvia, Jamieson, Cathy, Jamieson, Margaret, Jenkins, Ian, Johnston, Mr Nick, Johnstone, Alex, Kerr, Mr Andy, Lamont, Johann, Livingstone, Marilyn, Lochhead, Richard, Lyon, George, MacAskill, Mr Kenny, Macintosh, Mr Kenneth, Mackay, Angus, MacLean, Kate, Macmillan, Maureen, Martin, Paul, Marwick, Tricia, Matheson, Michael, McAllion, Mr John, McAveety, Mr Frank, McCabe, Mr Tom, McConnell, Mr Jack, McGrigor, Mr Jamie, McGugan, Irene, McIntosh, Mrs Lyndsay, McLeish, Henry, McLeod, Fiona, McLetchie, David, McMahon, Mr Michael, McNeil, Mr Duncan, McNeill, Pauline, McNulty, Des, Monteith, Mr Brian, Morrison, Mr Alasdair, Muldoon, Bristow, Mulligan, Mrs Mary, Mundell, David, Munro, Mr John, Murray, Dr Elaine, Neil, Alex, Oldfather, Ms Irene, Paterson, Mr Gil, Peacock, Peter, Peattie, Cathy, Quinan, Mr Lloyd, Radcliffe, Nora, Raffan, Mr Keith, Reid, Mr George, Robison, Shona, Robson, Euan, Rumbles, Mr Mike, Russell, Michael, Salmond, Mr Alex, Scanlon, Mary, Simpson, Dr Richard, Smith, Elaine, Smith, Iain, Smith, Mrs Margaret, Stephen, Nicol, Stone, Mr Jamie, Sturgeon, Nicola, Swinney, Mr John, Thomson, Elaine, Tosh, Mr Murray, Wallace, Ben, Wallace, Mr Jim, Watson, Mike, Welsh, Ian, Welsh, Mr Andrew, White, Ms Sandra, Whitefield, Karen, Wilson, Allan, Wilson, Andrew

Photo of Lord David Steel Lord David Steel Presiding Officer, Scottish Parliament

I declare that Des McNulty is elected.

We now move on to the third election. There are two candidates-Mr Andrew Welsh and John Young. Those who wish to vote for Mr Andrew Welsh please press the yes button now.

Members voted.

Photo of Lord David Steel Lord David Steel Presiding Officer, Scottish Parliament 3:53 pm, 19th May 1999

The time for voting is up. Those who wish to vote for Mr John Young should press the yes button now.

Members voted.

Photo of Lord David Steel Lord David Steel Presiding Officer, Scottish Parliament

The time for voting is up. Those who wish to abstain on that vote should press the abstain button now.

The result of that election is as follows:

Andrew Welsh 115

John Young 0

Abstentions 0

VOTES FOR MR ANDREW WELSH

Division number 10

For: Adam, Brian, Aitken, Bill, Alexander, Ms Wendy, Baillie, Jackie, Barrie, Scott, Boyack, Sarah, Brankin, Rhona, Brown, Robert, Campbell, Colin, Canavan, Dennis, Chisholm, Malcolm, Craigie, Cathie, Crawford, Bruce, Cunningham, Roseanna, Curran, Ms Margaret, Davidson, Mr David, Deacon, Susan, Dewar, Donald, Douglas-Hamilton, Lord James, Eadie, Helen, Elder, Dorothy-Grace, Ewing, Fergus, Fabiani, Linda, Ferguson, Ms Patricia, Fergusson, Alex, Finnie, Ross, Galbraith, Mr Sam, Gallie, Phil, Gibson, Mr Kenneth, Gillon, Karen, Godman, Trish, Gorrie, Donald, Grahame, Christine, Grant, Rhoda, Gray, Iain, Hamilton, Mr Duncan, Harding, Mr Keith, Harper, Robin, Home Robertson, Mr John, Hughes, Janis, Hyslop, Fiona, Jackson, Dr Sylvia, Jamieson, Cathy, Jamieson, Margaret, Jenkins, Ian, Johnston, Mr Nick, Johnstone, Alex, Kerr, Mr Andy, Lamont, Johann, Livingstone, Marilyn, Lochhead, Richard, Lyon, George, MacAskill, Mr Kenny, Macintosh, Mr Kenneth, Mackay, Angus, MacLean, Kate, Macmillan, Maureen, Martin, Paul, Marwick, Tricia, Matheson, Michael, McAllion, Mr John, McAveety, Mr Frank, McCabe, Mr Tom, McConnell, Mr Jack, McGrigor, Mr Jamie, McGugan, Irene, McIntosh, Mrs Lyndsay, McLeish, Henry, McLeod, Fiona, McLetchie, David, McMahon, Mr Michael, McNeil, Mr Duncan, McNeill, Pauline, McNulty, Des, Monteith, Mr Brian, Morrison, Mr Alasdair, Muldoon, Bristow, Mulligan, Mrs Mary, Mundell, David, Munro, Mr John, Murray, Dr Elaine, Neil, Alex, Oldfather, Ms Irene, Paterson, Mr Gil, Peacock, Peter, Peattie, Cathy, Quinan, Mr Lloyd, Radcliffe, Nora, Raffan, Mr Keith, Reid, Mr George, Robison, Shona, Robson, Euan, Rumbles, Mr Mike, Russell, Michael, Salmond, Mr Alex, Scanlon, Mary, Simpson, Dr Richard, Smith, Elaine, Smith, Iain, Smith, Mrs Margaret, Stephen, Nicol, Stone, Mr Jamie, Sturgeon, Nicola, Swinney, Mr John, Thomson, Elaine, Tosh, Mr Murray, Wallace, Ben, Wallace, Mr Jim, Watson, Mike, Welsh, Ian, Welsh, Mr Andrew, White, Ms Sandra, Whitefield, Karen, Wilson, Allan, Wilson, Andrew

Photo of Lord David Steel Lord David Steel Presiding Officer, Scottish Parliament

I declare that Andrew Welsh is elected.

We now come to the last election. There is one nomination, John Young. Vote yes, no or abstain. Those who wish to vote for John Young or otherwise should vote now.

Members voted.

Photo of Lord David Steel Lord David Steel Presiding Officer, Scottish Parliament

The voting has ended.

The result is as follows:

John Young 115

Against 0

Abstentions 0

VOTES FOR JOHN YOUNG

Division number 11

For: Adam, Brian, Aitken, Bill, Alexander, Ms Wendy, Baillie, Jackie, Barrie, Scott, Boyack, Sarah, Brankin, Rhona, Brown, Robert, Campbell, Colin, Canavan, Dennis, Chisholm, Malcolm, Craigie, Cathie, Crawford, Bruce, Cunningham, Roseanna, Curran, Ms Margaret, Davidson, Mr David, Deacon, Susan, Dewar, Donald, Douglas-Hamilton, Lord James, Eadie, Helen, Ewing, Fergus, Fabiani, Linda, Ferguson, Ms Patricia, Fergusson, Alex, Finnie, Ross, Galbraith, Mr Sam, Gallie, Phil, Gibson, Mr Kenneth, Gillon, Karen, Godman, Trish, Gorrie, Donald, Grahame, Christine, Grant, Rhoda, Gray, Iain, Hamilton, Mr Duncan, Harding, Mr Keith, Harper, Robin, Henry, Hugh, Home Robertson, Mr John, Hughes, Janis, Hyslop, Fiona, Jackson, Dr Sylvia, Jamieson, Cathy, Jamieson, Margaret, Jenkins, Ian, Johnston, Mr Nick, Johnstone, Alex, Kerr, Mr Andy, Lamont, Johann, Livingstone, Marilyn, Lochhead, Richard, Lyon, George, MacAskill, Mr Kenny, Macintosh, Mr Kenneth, Mackay, Angus, MacLean, Kate, Macmillan, Maureen, Martin, Paul, Marwick, Tricia, Matheson, Michael, McAllion, Mr John, McAveety, Mr Frank, McCabe, Mr Tom, McConnell, Mr Jack, McGrigor, Mr Jamie, McGugan, Irene, McIntosh, Mrs Lyndsay, McLeish, Henry, McLeod, Fiona, McLetchie, David, McMahon, Mr Michael, McNeil, Mr Duncan, McNeill, Pauline, McNulty, Des, Monteith, Mr Brian, Morrison, Mr Alasdair, Muldoon, Bristow, Mulligan, Mrs Mary, Mundell, David, Munro, Mr John, Murray, Dr Elaine, Neil, Alex, Oldfather, Ms Irene, Paterson, Mr Gil, Peacock, Peter, Peattie, Cathy, Quinan, Mr Lloyd, Radcliffe, Nora, Raffan, Mr Keith, Reid, Mr George, Robison, Shona, Robson, Euan, Rumbles, Mr Mike, Russell, Michael, Salmond, Mr Alex, Scanlon, Mary, Simpson, Dr Richard, Smith, Elaine, Smith, Iain, Smith, Mrs Margaret, Stephen, Nicol, Stone, Mr Jamie, Sturgeon, Nicola, Swinney, Mr John, Thomson, Elaine, Tosh, Mr Murray, Wallace, Ben, Wallace, Mr Jim, Watson, Mike, Welsh, Ian, Welsh, Mr Andrew, White, Ms Sandra, Whitefield, Karen, Wilson, Allan, Wilson, Andrew

Photo of Lord David Steel Lord David Steel Presiding Officer, Scottish Parliament

I declare that John Young is elected. We now have a parliamentary corporate body.