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Decision Time

– in the Scottish Parliament on 6th November 2019.

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Photo of Kenneth Macintosh Kenneth Macintosh Labour

The first question is, that amendment S5M-19715.3, in the name of Paul Wheelhouse, which seeks to amend motion S5M-19715, in the name of Jamie Greene, on the resilience of Scotland’s ferry network, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

Division number 1 Decision Time

Aye: 64 MSPs

No: 46 MSPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Nos: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division is: For 64, Against 46, Abstentions 0.

Amendment agreed to.

The next question is, that amendment S5M-19715.2, in the name of Colin Smyth, which seeks to amend motion S5M-19715, in the name of Jamie Greene, on the resilience of Scotland’s ferry network, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

Division number 2 Decision Time

Aye: 19 MSPs

No: 91 MSPs

Nos: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division is: For 19, Against 91, Abstentions 0.

Amendment disagreed to.

The next question is, that motion S5M-19715, in the name of Jamie Greene, on the resilience of Scotland’s ferry network, as amended, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

Division number 3 Decision Time

Aye: 63 MSPs

No: 46 MSPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Nos: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division is: For 63, Against 46, Abstentions 0.

Motion, as amended, agreed to,

That the Parliament recognises the improving performance of the ferry services that are directly supported by the Scottish Government; acknowledges the inconvenience that disruption can cause, but notes that only 873, or 0.67%, of the 130,184 sailings on Scottish Government-subsidised ferry services have been cancelled due to technical reasons in 2019; commends the hard-working and dedicated staff and crew in delivering these reliability improvements; notes the improvements, including new routes, more sailings and lower fares, that have helped drive passenger growth on an annual basis, with these ferry services now carrying over six million passengers, or an increase of some 16.1% since 2012; acknowledges that, despite facing real-terms funding reductions by the UK Government, the Scottish Government has invested more than £2 billion in ferry services and infrastructure since 2007; notes that investment has been made in accordance with the published Vessel Replacement and Deployment Plan and that the next Ferries Plan will be taken forward following the finalisation of the National Transport Strategy and in parallel with the Strategic Transport Projects Review, and notes that, in the context of the need for renewal of the fleet, the Scottish Government has continued to support vessel investment and the commercial shipbuilding sector in Scotland through the construction of the MV Glen Sannox and Hull 802 at Ferguson Marine and through public ownership of the yard, which is supported by the trade unions, and will work to safeguard and create shipbuilding jobs at the yard.

The next question is, that amendment S5M-19717.2, in the name of John Swinney, which seeks to amend motion S5M-19717, in the name of Liz Smith, on curriculum for excellence, be agreed to.

Amendment agreed to.

The next question is, that amendment S5M-19717.1, in the name of Iain Gray, which seeks to amend motion S5M-19717, in the name of Liz Smith, on curriculum for excellence, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

Division number 4 Decision Time

Aye: 51 MSPs

No: 59 MSPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Nos: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division is: For 51, Against 59, Abstentions 0.

Amendment disagreed to.

The next question is, that motion S5M-19717, in the name of Liz Smith, on curriculum for excellence, as amended, be agreed to.

Motion, as amended, agreed to,

That the Parliament is committed to the principles of excellence and equity to underpin policy approaches to education and to improve the delivery of the curriculum for excellence (CfE), but notes with growing concern the recent analysis of CfE, including the recent publication from Professor Jim Scott, which draws the conclusion that the attainment gap is widening and highlights that there are failures in the delivery of CfE; notes in particular that these failures are imposing proportionately greater barriers to success among the pupil cohort who come from disadvantaged backgrounds; calls on the Scottish Government to urgently address these concerns by conducting the review supported by the Parliament on 1 May 2019, called for by the Education and Skills Committee in its cross-party report into the senior phase of Scottish education, which was published in September 2019, and previously committed to by the Scottish Government, and notes that the independent review will draw on evidence from education stakeholders and partners, including the latest data on young people’s progress through CfE and the outcomes they achieve when they leave school.

If no one objects, I propose to ask a single question on the four Parliamentary Bureau motions.

The question is, that motions S5M-19734 to S5M-19737, in the name of Graeme Dey, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, be agreed to.

Motions agreed to,

That the Parliament agrees that the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exclusions and Exceptions) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2019 [draft] be approved.

That the Parliament agrees that the Victims and Witnesses (Scotland) Act 2014 (Supplementary Provision) Order 2019 [draft] be approved.

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

That the Parliament agrees that the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Investigations: Code of Practice) (Scotland) Order 2019 [draft] be approved.

That concludes decision time.