Decision Time

– in the Scottish Parliament at 5:00 pm on 23rd September 1999.

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Photo of Lord David Steel Lord David Steel Presiding Officer, Scottish Parliament 5:00 pm, 23rd September 1999

There are three questions that will have to be put as a result of today's business. Before that happens, I will make an announcement about the voting system. As members noticed yesterday—I should have announced it yesterday—there has been a small change to the electronic voting consoles. From now on, when the voting period begins, the red "vote now" light will begin to flash. It will stop flashing when the member presses the button to record their vote. This change will allow members to confirm that their vote has definitely been registered—until now we have not had that facility. I should point out that members will still be able to change their vote, within the voting period, while the "vote now" button remains illuminated.

The first question is, that amendment S1M-163.1, in the name of Phil Gallie, which seeks to amend motion S1M-163, in the name of Angus MacKay, on crime prevention, be agreed to. Are we all agreed?

Members:

No.

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

In that case, there will be a division. Those who support Mr Gallie's amendment should vote yes.

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

The result is as follows: For 17, Against 57, Abstentions 0.

Amendment disagreed to.

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

The second question is, that motion S1M-163, in the name of Angus MacKay, on crime prevention, be agreed to.

Motion agreed to.

That the Parliament notes the continuing need to work together for a safer Scotland and acknowledges that the formation of powerful yet practical community safety partnerships, as promoted by the Scottish Executive, provides the means of sustained involvement from all members of our communities and the agencies which serve those communities.

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

The third question is, that motion S1M-165, in the name of Jackie Baillie, on the voluntary sector, be agreed to.

Motion agreed to.

That the Parliament welcomes the Scottish Executive's recognition of the important role of the voluntary sector in Scottish society through the contribution it makes to economic prosperity, promoting social inclusion and encouraging active citizenship; endorses the Executive's commitment to create a stable infrastructure in which the voluntary sector can flourish, and welcomes the firm intention to work in partnership with the sector in delivering the Programme for Government.

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

That concludes decision time and, as there is no members' business tonight, I close the meeting.

Meeting closed at 17:01.