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Business Motion

– in the Scottish Parliament on 23rd April 2019.

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Photo of Kenneth Macintosh Kenneth Macintosh Labour

The next item of business is consideration of business motion S5M-17023, in the name of Graeme Dey, setting out changes to this week’s business.

Motion moved,

That the Parliament agrees to the following revisions to the programme of business for:

(a) Wednesday 24 April 2019— delete

2.00 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions

2.00 pm Portfolio Questions:

Justice and the Law Officers;

Government Business and Constitutional Relations and insert

1.30 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions

1.30 pm Ministerial Statement: Brexit and Scotland’s Future followed by

Portfolio Questions:

Justice and the Law Officers;

Government Business and Constitutional Relations delete

5.00 pm Decision Time and insert

6.00 pm Decision Time

(b) Thursday 25 April 2019— after

2.30 pm Portfolio Questions:

Culture, Tourism and External Affairs insert followed by

Ministerial Statement: Advance Redress Payments.—[

Graeme Dey

]

Photo of Maurice Golden Maurice Golden Conservative

In today’s news alone, we read that school subject choice is in crisis, that nearly half of infrastructure projects are late and that there is an inquiry into cancer care in Tayside. Those are the things that really matter: schools, the economy and hospitals. Nicola Sturgeon wants to give a statement not about schools, the economy or hospitals, but about a second independence referendum. She is making her priorities absolutely clear, so let me be equally clear. The Scottish Conservatives want to move on from the Scottish National Party’s constitutional grandstanding and get back to the things that matter to the people of Scotland. That is why we will vote against the motion.

Photo of Graeme Dey Graeme Dey Scottish National Party

In seeking to oppose the business motion, the Conservatives are arguing against the Government providing this Parliament and the country as a whole with an update that seeks to bring order and clarity amid the chaos and confusion that the Conservatives’ own Brexit policy has created.

There is a widespread expectation, based on undertakings given by the First Minister, that the Government will provide an update on its thinking regarding Brexit, its implications for Scotland and this country’s constitutional future.

Indeed, the First Minister gave a specific undertaking in this chamber, replying to Patrick Harvie on 17 January, that she would provide such an update, even in the event of the article 50 process being extended. That extension has now been granted—it was agreed while this Parliament was in recess—and this week provides the first opportunity since then to provide the promised update.

The basis upon which the Government is seeking to proceed is not only rational and sensible but the mark of a Government fulfilling its responsibilities to this Parliament and the wider country. We will take no lessons from the Tories when it comes to getting on with the day job.

The Presiding Officer:

The question is, that motion S5M-17023 be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

Division number 1 Business Motion

Aye: 83 MSPs

No: 31 MSPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Nos: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division is: For 83, Against 31, Abstentions 0.

Motion agreed to,

That the Parliament agrees to the following revisions to the programme of business for:

(a) Wednesday 24 April 2019— delete

2.00 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions

2.00 pm Portfolio Questions:

Justice and the Law Officers;

Government Business and Constitutional Relations and insert

1.30 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions

1.30 pm Ministerial Statement: Brexit and Scotland’s Future followed by

Portfolio Questions:

Justice and the Law Officers;

Government Business and Constitutional Relations delete

5.00 pm Decision Time and insert

6.00 pm Decision Time

(b) Thursday 25 April 2019— after

2.30 pm Portfolio Questions:

Culture, Tourism and External Affairs insert followed by

Ministerial Statement: Advance Redress Payments.