Decision Time

– in the Scottish Parliament on 10th March 2015.

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Photo of Tricia Marwick Tricia Marwick None

There are three questions to be put as a result of today’s business. The first question is, that amendment S4M-12587.2, in the name of Lewis Macdonald, which seeks to amend motion S4M-12587, in the name of John Swinney, on action needed to support the oil and gas sector, be agreed to. Are we all agreed?

Members: No.

There will be a division.

Division number 1 Decision Time

Aye: 39 MSPs

No: 79 MSPs

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Photo of Tricia Marwick Tricia Marwick None

The result of the division is: For 39, Against 79, Abstentions 0.

Amendment disagreed to.

The next question is that amendment S4M-12587.1, in the name of Murdo Fraser, which seeks to amend motion S4M-12587, in the name of John Swinney, on action needed to support the oil and gas sector, be agreed to. Are we all agreed?

Members: No.

There will be a division.

Division number 2 Decision Time

Aye: 53 MSPs

No: 64 MSPs

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Nos: A-Z by last name

Photo of Tricia Marwick Tricia Marwick None

The result of the division is: For 53, Against 64, Abstentions 0.

Amendment disagreed to.

The next question is that motion S4M-12587, in the name of John Swinney, on action needed to support the oil and gas sector, be agreed to. Are we all agreed?

Members: No.

There will be a division.

Division number 3 Decision Time

Aye: 60 MSPs

No: 58 MSPs

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Nos: A-Z by last name

Photo of Tricia Marwick Tricia Marwick None

The result of the division is: For 60, Against 58, Abstentions 0.

Motion agreed to,

That the Parliament notes the Oil and Gas UK Activity Survey, which was published on 24 February 2015 and highlighted the challenges facing the North Sea oil and gas sector and the impact on investment and exploration from a lack of action; agrees that the Scottish Government continues to do all that it can to support the sector, the supply chain and the economy, and urges the UK Government to follow suit by announcing in the forthcoming 2015 Budget the immediate introduction of a substantial package of fiscal measures, including an immediate reversal of the misguided supplementary charge tax hike in 2011, the introduction of a basin-wide investment allowance with a single rate of 62.5% and the introduction of an exploration tax credit.