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Decision Time

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 2nd October 2019.

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The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division is: For 57, Against 60, Abstentions 0.

Amendment disagreed to.

The next question is, that motion S5M-19193, in the name of Iain Gray, on the Give Them Time campaign, be agreed to.

Motion agreed to,

That the Parliament recognises that, under the Education (Scotland) Act 1980, parents have the legal right to defer their child’s entry to primary education if they are not five years old by the commencement of the school year; understands that those children who are born in January and February have an automatic entitlement to funded early learning and childcare during the deferred year, while those born between August and December do not have this automatic entitlement; commends the "Give Them Time" campaign for their work in highlighting this issue; calls on the Scottish Government to bring forward legislation in this parliamentary session to automatically entitle young people aged four, who are born between August and December, to funded early learning and childcare in line with statutory government provision for three- and four-year-olds when their parents use their legal right to defer entry to P1, and further calls on the Scottish Government to work with COSLA to ensure the necessary resources are available.

The next question is on an amendment in the name of Michael Matheson. I highlight that there is a pre-emption, so if the amendment is agreed to, amendment S5M-19190.1, in the name of Jamie Greene, will fall.

The question is, that amendment S5M-19190.2, in the name of Michael Matheson, which seeks to amend motion S5M-19190, in the name of Colin Smyth, on

“Don’t Extend the ScotRail Franchise”

, be agreed to. Are we agreed?