Reimbursement of Members’ Expenses Scheme

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 15th March 2016.

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The next item of business is consideration of motion S4M-15911, in the name of Liam McArthur, on the reimbursement of members’ expenses scheme.

I invite Liam McArthur to move the motion on behalf of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body.

Motion moved,

That the Parliament, in exercise of the powers conferred by sections 81(2) and (5)(b) and 83(5) of the Scotland Act 1998, determines that, with effect from 6 May 2016, the Reimbursement of Members’ Expenses Scheme, which was agreed to by resolution of the Parliament on 12 June 2008 and last amended by resolution of the Parliament on 10 November 2015, be amended as follows:

(a) adding the words “and 2.1.8” after “2.1.6” in paragraph 2.1.1;

(b) substituting the words “, 2.1.6 and 2.1.8” for the words “and 2.1.6” in paragraph 2.1.7;

(c) adding new paragraph 2.1.8 as follows:

“2.1.8 A Presiding Officer whose main residence is in a constituency listed in Group Two of Annex A will be treated as if that residence were in Group Three of Annex A and is entitled to reimbursement of Edinburgh accommodation costs in accordance with paragraphs 2.1.2 to 2.1.7.”;

(d) adding the words “or a Presiding Officer to whom paragraph 2.1.8 applies” after “Annex A” in paragraph 2.3.1; and

(e) adding after the definition of “pool” in paragraph 9.1.1 the words "“Presiding Officer” means the member who is elected as the Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament;”.—[Liam McArthur.]

The question on the motion will be put at decision time.