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Decision Time

– in the Scottish Parliament on 30th January 2019.

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Photo of Kenneth Macintosh Kenneth Macintosh Labour

The first question is, that amendment S5M-15607.2, in the name of John Swinney, which seeks to amend motion S5M-15607, in the name of Liz Smith, on the presumption to mainstream, be agreed to.

Amendment agreed to.

The Presiding Officer:

The next question is, that amendment S5M-15607.1, in the name of Iain Gray, which seeks to amend motion S5M-15607, in the name of Liz Smith, on the presumption to mainstream, as amended, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

Division number 1 Decision Time

Aye: 27 MSPs

No: 92 MSPs

Nos: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division is: For 27, Against 92, Abstentions 0.

Amendment disagreed to.

The next question is, that motion S5M-15607, in the name of Liz Smith, on the presumption to mainstream, as amended, be agreed to.

Motion, as amended, agreed to,

That the Parliament notes the comments made by the OECD that inclusion is one of the key strengths of the Scottish education system; believes that the presumption to mainstream pupils has laudable intentions and that it works well for the majority of young people in Scotland’s schools; recognises however the very considerable concern that has been expressed by many teachers, teaching assistants, children’s charities and parents’ groups that a growing number of young people with special educational needs are not being well served by being placed in inclusive mainstream education; believes that this is putting additional pressures on teachers and young people in classrooms across Scotland, making it more difficult to support the individual needs of each child; in light of the recent evidence presented to Parliament, calls on the Scottish Government to work with local government partners to review the presumption to mainstream policy to ensure there can be more effective uptake of the provision of places in special schools and specialist units and utilisation of specialist staff, and, agrees that this review should be founded on a continuing commitment to a presumption to mainstream and on the need to ensure that children and young people’s additional support needs are met, to enable them to reach their full potential, from within whichever learning provision best suits their learning needs, and notes the forthcoming publication of revised guidance, tools and advice for school staff, and national research, on the experiences of children and young people with additional support needs.

The next question is, that amendment S5M-15615.2, in the name of Ash Denham, which seeks to amend motion S5M-15615, in the name of Liam Kerr, on tackling antisocial behaviour, be agreed to.

If the amendment is agreed to, the amendment in the name of Daniel Johnson will fall. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

Division number 2 Decision Time

Aye: 69 MSPs

No: 50 MSPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Nos: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division is: For 69, Against 50, Abstentions 0.

Amendment agreed to.

The amendment in the name of Daniel Johnson therefore falls.

The next question is, that motion S5M-15615, in the name of Liam Kerr, on tackling antisocial behaviour, as amended, be agreed to.

Motion, as amended, agreed to,

That the Parliament recognises that fixed penalty notices play an important role in tackling antisocial behaviour when used as part of a comprehensive package of penalties and interventions, which include diversionary, early intervention and preventative activities that are aimed at steering individuals away from antisocial behaviour whenever possible, and calls on the Scottish Government to keep all of these approaches under review by working with Police Scotland, local authorities and the court services to ensure that appropriate and proportionate penalties and/or interventions are applied to deliver the best outcomes for victims and wider society.

The final question is, that motion S5M-15622, in the name of Graeme Dey, on the approval of a Scottish statutory instrument, be agreed to.

Motion agreed to,

That the Parliament agrees that the Cremation (Scotland) Regulations 2019 [draft] be approved.

That concludes decision time.