Decision Time

– in the Scottish Parliament on 22nd May 2013.

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Photo of Tricia Marwick Tricia Marwick None

There are eight questions to be put as a result of today’s business. I remind members that, if the amendment in the name of Keith Brown on ferry services is agreed to, the amendment in the name of Liam McArthur falls.

The first question is, that amendment S4M-06657.1, in the name of Keith Brown, which seeks to amend motion S4M-06657, in the name of Richard Baker, on immediate action at the Haudagain roundabout, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members: No.

Division number 1 Decision Time

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division is: For 66, Against 46, Abstentions 0.

Therefore, the amendment is agreed to and the amendment in the name of Liam McArthur falls. [Interruption.] Sorry, that relates to an amendment to the next motion. Let me read that again.

On amendment S4M-06657.1, in the name of Keith Brown, the result of the division is: For 66, Against 46, Abstentions 0. Therefore, the amendment is disagreed to. [Interruption.] Sorry, the amendment is agreed to. I am having a really bad day today.

Amendment agreed to.

The second question—let us get this one right—is, that motion S4M-06657, in the name of Richard Baker, on immediate action at the Haudagain roundabout, as amended, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members: No.

There will be a division. Members should cast their votes now, and I will try to get this right.

Division number 2 Decision Time

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division is: For 66, Against 48, Abstentions 0.

Motion, as amended, agreed to,

That the Parliament welcomes the end of the legal challenge against the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR) and the progress that is being made to construct this vital route, with a swift move to procurement and the undertaking of essential preparatory works; commends the Scottish Government for confirming that it will pay for the Haudagain improvements, including the necessary compulsory purchase and compensation for those properties required to construct the improvements; recognises that attempting to re-engineer this junction prior to the opening of the AWPR would result in traffic chaos, severely constraining the economy of Aberdeen and the north east during construction; notes that all potential solutions identified by Aberdeen City Council require the delivery of a third Don crossing, something that has been opposed by Labour councillors and MSPs; further recognises that, in order to undertake the works at Haudagain, existing households will be relocated and the Scottish Government is working closely with Aberdeen City Council to ensure the relocation of vital services, such as the Middlefield Community Project and the Middlefield Healthy Hoose, to appropriate accommodation, and believes that this needs to be done sensitively and with compassion in a realistic timescale and with appropriate consultation.

The next question is, that amendment S4M-06658.2, in the name of Keith Brown, which seeks to amend motion S4M-06658, in the name of Richard Baker, on ferry services, 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 65, Against 48, Abstentions 1.

Amendment agreed to.

Therefore, the real amendment in the name of Liam McArthur falls.

The next question is, that motion S4M-06658, in the name of Richard Baker, on ferry services, 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 65, Against 48, Abstentions 1.

Motion, as amended, agreed to,

That the Parliament welcomes the implementation of road equivalent tariff (RET) to Islay, Colonsay and Gigha in October 2012 and the decisions to roll out RET to Arran in October 2014 and to all the Clyde and Hebrides routes in the current parliamentary session; further welcomes the planned investment of £333.1 million between 2012-13 and 2014-15 in Scotland’s ferry services, including an additional £2.5 million in 2012-13, and £2 million in 2013-14, to support hauliers to the Western Isles, Coll and Tiree, where fare increases have also been capped and small commercial vehicles benefit from the same fares as ordinary motorists, all against a backdrop of falling budgets from the UK Government; also welcomes the firm commitment to providing a high-quality ferry service across the Pentland Firth as part of the overall Northern Isles ferry service and the effective contingency arrangements that are in place following the mechanical failure that has affected the MV Hamnavoe; further welcomes the commitment of all parties to learn lessons from this incident to provide good, clear and effective communication with ferry users, and notes that, while the ongoing dispute with some of Caledonian MacBrayne’s port staff is a matter between the employer and the unions, it supports both parties in seeking an early resolution to avoid any impact on ferry services on Clyde and Hebrides routes.

The next question is, that motion S4M-06674, in the name of Joe FitzPatrick, on the approval of a Scottish statutory instrument, be agreed to.

Motion agreed to,

That the Parliament agrees that the Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011 (Rules of Procedure in Children’s Hearings) Rules 2013 [draft] be approved.

The next question is, that motion S4M-06675, in the name of Joe FitzPatrick, on the approval of an SSI, be agreed to.

Motion agreed to,

That the Parliament agrees that the Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011 (Review of Contact Directions and Definition of Relevant Person) Order 2013 [draft] be approved.

The final question is, that motion S4M-06676, in the name of Joe FitzPatrick, on the approval of an SSI, be agreed to.

Motion agreed to,

That the Parliament agrees that the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010 Modification Order 2013 [draft] be approved.

That concludes decision time—I am away for a lie down.