Decision Time

– in the Scottish Parliament on 22nd March 2012.

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The next item of business is decision time. There are seven questions to be put as a result of today’s business. The first question is, that amendment S4M-02421.1—

The Presiding Officer:

You can raise your point of order after decision time. I would have appreciated having it before decision time. However, I will take it as soon as we conclude decision time, which we have now started.

The first question is, that amendment S4M-02421.1, in the name of Alex Neil, which seeks to amend motion S4M-02421, in the name of Elaine Murray, on ferries, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members: No.

There will be a division.

Division number 1 Decision Time

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division is: For 61, Against 37, Abstentions 13.

Amendment agreed to.

The next question is, that motion S4M-02421, in the name of Elaine Murray, as amended, on ferries, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members: No.

There will be a division.

Division number 2 Decision Time

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division is: For 74, Against 35, Abstentions 2.

Motion, as amended, agreed to,

That the Parliament welcomes the Scottish Ferry Services: Draft Plan for consultation; in particular the focus of the Scottish Ferries Review and the draft plan on the issues that matter most to island and remote communities and their central theme of further improving Scotland’s ferry services; welcomes the wide engagement and consultation that has taken place throughout the Scottish Ferries Review; notes the Scottish Government’s commitment to fully consider the consultation responses from communities representing their local interests, including those advocating the introduction of a service between Lochboisdale and Mallaig, and looks forward to the publication of the final ferries plan in 2012.

The next question is, that amendment S4M-02430.1, in the name of Aileen Campbell, which seeks to amend motion S4M-12430, in the name of Johann Lamont, on children, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members: No.

Division number 3 Decision Time

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division is: For 74, Against 37, Abstentions 0.

Amendment agreed to.

The next question is, that motion S4M-02430, in the name of Johann Lamont, on children, as amended, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members: No.

There will be a division.

Division number 4 Decision Time

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division is: For 74, Against 37, Abstentions 0.

Motion, as amended, agreed to,

That the Parliament believes that an extension to available nursery hours for pre-5 children is an important contribution to their educational development; notes the commitment made by the First Minister to extend available hours; further notes that the Scottish Government previously extended hours in 2007 through the use of a statutory instrument, the Provision of School Education for Children under School Age (Prescribed Children) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2007, SSI 2007/396; recognises that, to provide a statutory right to more flexible early learning, primary legislation is required; welcomes the Scottish Government’s intention to provide this through the Children’s Services Bill to be introduced next year, and further recognises the importance of developing early learning and childcare by working in partnership with local authorities, nursery and childcare providers to ensure that both the developmental needs of Scotland’s children and the varied needs of parents are met.

The next question is, that amendment S4M-02431.2, in the name of Ken Macintosh, which seeks to amend motion S4M-02431, in the name of Fergus Ewing, on the United Kingdom Government response on the future of Remploy, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members: No.

There will be a division.

Division number 5 Decision Time

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division is: For 39, Against 61, Abstentions 11.

Amendment disagreed to.

The next question is, that amendment S4M-02431.1, in the name of Mary Scanlon, which seeks to amend motion S4M-02431, in the name of Fergus Ewing, on the UK Government response on the future of Remploy, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members: No.

There will be a division.

Division number 6 Decision Time

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division is: For 13, Against 98, Abstentions 0.

Amendment disagreed to.

The next question is, that motion S4M-02431, in the name of Fergus Ewing, on the UK Government response on the future of Remploy, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members: No.

There will be a division.

Division number 7 Decision Time

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division is: For 98, Against 13, Abstentions 0.

Motion agreed to,

That the Parliament is deeply disappointed by the UK Government’s decision to close four Remploy factories in Scotland with the loss of 111 jobs and to place the future of five further factories, affecting a further 251 people, in doubt; notes that the Scottish Government has requested information from the Department for Work and Pensions that could assist employees, the third sector, business and agencies in securing alternative business models, demonstrating a sustainable future for the remaining factories and ensuring future employment for the Remploy workforce; further notes that, should alternative solutions not be found, support for individuals should be directed through Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE) in partnership with JobCentre Plus; welcomes the actions taken by the Scottish Government to increase public sector contracting opportunities with supported businesses, accounting for £24.1 million in 2010-11, and looks forward to the delivery of the framework for the provision of goods through supported businesses, which includes provision of textiles and furniture.