Decision Time

– in the Scottish Parliament on 8th May 2013.

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There are four questions to be put as a result of today’s business.

The first question is, that amendment S4M-06475.1, in the name of Aileen Campbell, which seeks to amend motion S4M-06475, in the name of Hugh Henry, on childcare, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members: No.

Division number 1 Decision Time

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division is: For 63, Against 54, Abstentions 0.

Amendment agreed to.

The second question is, that motion S4M-06475, in the name of Hugh Henry, on childcare, as amended, 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 65, Against 52, Abstentions 0.

Motion, as amended, agreed to,

That the Parliament agrees that good quality, affordable childcare is essential to support hard-working families; welcomes the proposed extension of fully-funded early years provision to 600 hours and believes that it is essential that this has a clear educational underpinning; notes the financial and logistical challenges of extending childcare across Scotland and believes that all parties should work to reach a consensus on delivery, availability, affordability and financing of a comprehensive childcare strategy; also notes the work of the Early Years Taskforce, which brings together practitioners, professionals and politicians from different parties to inform the strategic development of early years policy, including early learning and childcare; further notes the Scottish Government’s commitment to legislate via the Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill to introduce flexibility into childcare provision and the help that this will provide in matching childcare to the circumstances of individual families, and further welcomes the forthcoming work by the Council of Economic Advisers to look at the best models of delivery and funding for Scotland and the associated economic and social impact of moving to the levels of support for childcare that is commonplace in other European countries.

The next question is, that amendment S4M-06474.1, in the name of Alex Neil, which seeks to amend motion S4M-06474, in the name of Jackie Baillie, on Scotland’s health service, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members: No.

There will be a division.

Division number 3 Decision Time

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division is: For 77, Against 40, Abstentions 0.

Amendment agreed to.

The fourth question is, that motion S4M-06474, in the name of Jackie Baillie, on Scotland’s health service, 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 84, Against 0, Abstentions 32.

Motion, as amended, agreed to,

That the Parliament notes reported comments from the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing at the Unison conference in Glasgow on 24 April 2013 that Scotland’s health service faces many demographic and lifestyle-related challenges in the coming years; recognises that the population of over 75-year-olds in Scotland is set to double over the next 20 years and that Scotland pays too high a price for the consequences of cheap alcohol; welcomes the Scottish Government’s commitment to at least maintaining the level of quality and provision in NHS Scotland in the face of these challenges; further recognises that adult health and social care integration is vital to meeting the future care needs of Scotland’s ageing population, and reiterates its support for the introduction of minimum alcohol unit pricing as one of the measures that will help improve the health of the nation.