Decision Time

– in the Scottish Parliament on 24th June 2014.

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

The first question is, that motion S4M-10427, in the name of Keith Brown, on support for armed forces and veteran communities in Scotland, be agreed to.

Motion agreed to,

That the Parliament acknowledges the debt of gratitude that it owes to the armed forces, past and present; recognises the valuable skills, experience and sense of civic responsibility that ex-service personnel bring to society on returning to civilian life and welcomes wide involvement, including of the Scottish Government, in commemorative events marking the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings and the Scottish Government’s ongoing support for Armed Forces Day, and notes progress with the appointment of a new Scottish Veterans’ Commissioner and the aim of encouraging new working relationships between the commissioner and ex-service charities that help the armed forces community, including veterans, access the highest level of services and support available.

The Presiding Officer:

The next question is, that amendment S4M-10430.2, in the name of Gavin Brown, which seeks to amend motion S4M-10430, in the name of John Swinney, on appointments to the Scottish fiscal commission, 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 52, Against 65, Abstentions 0.

Amendment disagreed to.

The next question is, that motion S4M-10430, in the name of John Swinney, on appointments to the Scottish fiscal commission, 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 50, Abstentions 2.

Motion agreed to,

That the Parliament endorses the Scottish Government’s plans to establish a Scottish Fiscal Commission to provide independent scrutiny and reports on tax forecasts prepared by the Scottish Government and supports the recommendation of the Finance Committee that the Scottish Government nominations to the commission be approved.

The final question is, that motion S4M-10356, in the name of Joe FitzPatrick, on membership of the regional chamber of the Congress of the Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, be agreed to.

Motion agreed to,

That the Parliament endorses the Scottish Government’s proposal to nominate, as a representative of the Parliament, Jayne Baxter MSP as an alternate member on the UK delegation to the regional chamber of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe for the remainder of the current parliamentary session to 2016.