Decision Time

– in the Scottish Parliament on 10th March 2011.

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Photo of Alex Fergusson Alex Fergusson None

There are six questions to be put as a result of today’s business. I remind members that, in relation to the debate on local services, if the amendment in the name of Kenny MacAskill is agreed to, the amendment in the name of Michael McMahon will fall and that, in relation to the debate that we have just had on the Scotland Bill, if the amendment in the name of Fiona Hyslop is agreed to, the amendment in the name of Margaret Mitchell will fall.

The first question is, that amendment S3M-8120.2, in the name of Kenny MacAskill, which seeks to amend motion S3M-8120, in the name of Robert Brown, on local services, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members: No.

There will be a division.

Division number 1 Decision Time

Photo of Alex Fergusson Alex Fergusson None

The result of the division is: For 62, Against 18, Abstentions 45.

Amendment agreed to.

Therefore, the amendment in the name of Michael McMahon falls.

The next question is, that motion S3M-8120, in the name of Robert Brown, on local services, as amended, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members: No.

There will be a division.

Division number 2 Decision Time

Photo of Alex Fergusson Alex Fergusson None

The result of the division is: For 106, Against 18, Abstentions 1.

Motion, as amended, agreed to,

That the Parliament notes that Scotland and policing have changed significantly since the existing structure of policing was introduced over 35 years ago; notes the Scottish Government’s consultation papers on police and fire services reform and agrees that, given the significant financial challenges, such reform is necessary to protect and improve local services and to strengthen and improve local accountability and engagement; agrees that reform can only happen if it gives local communities and local elected members a greater say on local priorities and services, and notes that the expectations and requirements of health and social care have similarly changed significantly since existing structures were introduced and that reform is needed to deliver integrated services that are sustainable and appropriate and that make best use of resources focussed on the needs of local populations.

The next question is, that amendment S3M-8114.1, in the name of Fiona Hyslop, which seeks to amend motion S3M-8114, in the name of Iain Gray, on the Scotland Bill, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members: No.

There will be a division.

Division number 3 Decision Time

Photo of Alex Fergusson Alex Fergusson None

The result of the division is: For 46, Against 78, Abstentions 1.

Amendment disagreed to.

The next question is, that amendment S3M-8114.2, in the name of Margaret Mitchell, which seeks to amend motion S3M-8114, in the name of Iain Gray, on the Scotland Bill, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members: No.

There will be a division.

Division number 4 Decision Time

Photo of Alex Fergusson Alex Fergusson None

The result of the division is: For 47, Against 77, Abstentions 1.

Amendment disagreed to.

The next question is, that motion S3M-8114, in the name of Iain Gray, on the Scotland Bill, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members: No.

There will be a division.

Division number 5 Decision Time

Photo of Alex Fergusson Alex Fergusson None

The result of the division is: For 121, Against 3, Abstentions 1.

Motion agreed to,

That the Parliament agrees that, further to motion S3M-7550 passed on 9 December 2010 supporting the general principles of the Scotland Bill as introduced in the House of Commons on 30 November 2010, the Bill be considered by the UK Parliament; invites the UK Government and the UK Parliament to consider the amendments and proposals made in the report of the Scotland Bill Committee, and looks forward to considering any amendments made to the Bill with a view to debating them in a further legislative consent motion before the Bill is passed for Royal Assent.