Decision Time

– in the Scottish Parliament on 10th November 2015.

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Photo of Tricia Marwick Tricia Marwick None

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

The first question is, that amendment S4M-14766.2, in the name of Iain Gray, which seeks to amend motion S4M-14766, in the name of Roseanna Cunningham, on the Trade Union Bill, be agreed to.

Amendment agreed to.

The next question is, that amendment S4M-14766.1, in the name of Murdo Fraser, which seeks to amend motion S4M-14766, in the name of Roseanna Cunningham, on the Trade Union Bill, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members: No.

There will be a division.

Division number 1 Decision Time

Aye: 14 MSPs

No: 104 MSPs

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The result of the division is: For 14, Against 104, Abstentions 0.

Amendment disagreed to.

The next question is, that motion S4M-14766, in the name of Roseanna Cunningham, on the Trade Union Bill, as amended, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members: No.

There will be a division.

Division number 2 Decision Time

Aye: 104 MSPs

No: 14 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 104, Against 14, Abstentions 0.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

That the Parliament opposes and condemns the Trade Union Bill as proposed by the UK Government; believes that it restricts the fundamental rights of workers to organise, bargain collectively and, if necessary, withdraw their labour; further believes that it will both undermine the effective engagement of trade unions across Scottish workplaces and, in particular, across the Scottish public sector, and believes that free and healthy trade unions are an important element of a modern democracy.

The next question is that motion S4M-14776, in the name of Liam McArthur, on the reimbursement of members’ expenses scheme, be agreed to.

Motion agreed to,

That the Parliament, by virtue of sections 81(2) and (5)(b) and 83(5) of the Scotland Act 1998 agrees, with effect from 6 May 2016, to:

(1) add after paragraph (a)(vi) of the Resolution of the Parliament of 12 June 2008 as last amended on 17 March 2015 (the Resolution) agreeing to the Reimbursement of Members’ Expenses Scheme annexed as Annex 1 to the Resolution (the Scheme):

“(vii) determines that in relation to those members who on 10 November 2015 were leasing, sub-leasing or sub-letting their local parliamentary office premises from or to a party political organisation in accordance with paragraphs 4.2.11 and 4.2.12 of the Scheme as they stood on that date, those paragraphs 4.2.11 and 4.2.12 will continue to apply until 5 May 2017 and paragraph 4.2.12 of the Scheme as substituted with effect from 6 May 2016 and the modification of paragraph 4.2.10 (made by resolution dated 10 November 2015) shall take effect on 6 May 2017”;

(2) amend the Scheme by:

(a) deleting from paragraph 1.6.1 the words “Subject to paragraph 1.6.2, a” and substituting “A”;

(b) deleting paragraph 1.6.2;

(c) deleting from paragraph 3.1.1 the words “and any such staff may be permanent or temporary”;

(d) substituting the following paragraph for paragraph 3.1.7:

“3.1.7 A member may only submit a claim under this section in respect of staff who are engaged in accordance with such policies and under such terms and conditions as are approved by the SPCB from time to time.”;

(e) deleting from the beginning of paragraph 4.2.10 “A” and substituting “Subject to paragraph 4.2.12, a”;

(f) deleting paragraph 4.2.11;

(g) renumbering paragraph 4.2.13 as paragraph 4.2.11;

(h) substituting the following paragraph for paragraph 4.2.12:

“4.2.12 A member is not entitled to reimbursement of costs in respect of a local parliamentary office which is:

(a) leased from a party political organisation; or

(b) sub-leased from or sub-let to a party political organisation.”;

(i) amending the annual limit on entitlement to reimbursement of staff salary costs under paragraph 3.2.1 in the column headed “LIMIT” of the Schedule of Rates in Annex 2 to the Resolution to “£85,000”.