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Decision Time

– in the Scottish Parliament on 21st November 2019.

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Photo of Kenneth Macintosh Kenneth Macintosh Labour

I remind members that, if the amendment in the name of Rachael Hamilton is agreed to, the amendment in the name of Claire Baker will fall.

The first question is, that amendment S5M-19967.2, in the name of Rachael Hamilton, which seeks to amend motion S5M-19967, in the name of Fiona Hyslop, on television licences for over-75s, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

Division number 1 Decision Time

Aye: 18 MSPs

No: 54 MSPs

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Nos: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division is: For 18, Against 54, Abstentions 0.

Amendment disagreed to.

The next question is, that amendment S5M-19967.1, in the name of Claire Baker, which seeks to amend motion S5M-19967, in the name of Fiona Hyslop, on TV licences for over-75s, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

Division number 2 Decision Time

Aye: 54 MSPs

No: 18 MSPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Nos: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division is: For 54, Against 18, Abstentions 0.

Amendment agreed to.

The final question is, that motion S5M-19967, in the name of Fiona Hyslop, on TV licences for over-75s, as amended, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

Division number 3 Decision Time

Aye: 54 MSPs

No: 18 MSPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Nos: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division is: For 54, Against 18, Abstentions 0.

Motion, as amended, agreed to,

That the Parliament believes that the UK Government’s decision to stop funding free TV licences for people over 75 was wrong; considers that the BBC should not be expected to use the licence fee to fund a welfare policy and calls for the UK Government to fully fund free TV licences for all over 75s; notes that the decision to shift this cost to the BBC was taken in secret discussions by the UK Government on the setting of the licence fee; believes that the licence fee should be set independently of the UK Government to decouple the setting of the fee from any undue influence that links it to wider funding of initiatives that should be the responsibility of government; commends the importance of universal access to publicly-funded public service broadcasting; recognises research from Age Scotland that 100,000 older people in Scotland feel lonely all or most of the time and that, for around half of over 75s, TV or a pet is their main form of company; highlights the additional financial strain that this decision places on older people, including those already living in relative poverty, and deplores the impact that this decision could have on older people’s lives.

Meeting closed at 16:49.