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Decision Time

– in the Scottish Parliament on 30th January 2020.

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Photo of Kenneth Macintosh Kenneth Macintosh Labour

There are five questions today. I remind members that, if the amendment in the name of Miles Briggs is agreed to, the amendment in the name of Alex Cole-Hamilton will fall.

The first question is, that motion S5M-20635.1, in the name of Miles Briggs, which seeks to amend motion S5M-20635, in the name of Joe FitzPatrick, on drugs and alcohol: preventing and reducing harm, be agreed to.

Members:

No.

Division number 1 Decision Time

Aye: 28 MSPs

No: 86 MSPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Nos: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division is: For 28, Against 86, Abstentions 0.

Amendment disagreed to.

The next question is, that amendment S5M-20635.3, in the name of Monica Lennon, which seeks to amend motion S5M-20635, in the name of Joe FitzPatrick, be agreed to.

Amendment agreed to.

The next question is, that amendment S5M-20635.2, in the name of Alex Cole-Hamilton, which seeks to amend motion S5M-20635, in the name of Joe FitzPatrick, be agreed to.

Division number 2 Decision Time

Aye: 20 MSPs

No: 94 MSPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Nos: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division is: For 20, Against 94, Abstentions 0.

Amendment disagreed to.

The next question is, that motion S5M-20635, in the name of Joe FitzPatrick, on drugs and alcohol, preventing and reducing harm, as amended, be agreed to.

Members:

No.

Division number 3 Decision Time

Aye: 86 MSPs

No: 28 MSPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Nos: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division is: For 86, Against 28, Abstentions 0.

Motion

, as amended, agreed to,

That the Parliament believes that Scotland faces a public health emergency in terms of drug-related deaths, and that addressing this issue requires a public health-led approach; acknowledges that there were 1,187 drug-related deaths and 1,136 alcohol-related deaths in 2018; is concerned by reports that the number of drug-related deaths could increase further for 2019; considers up-to-date information and data to be crucial for understanding the extent and cause of drug-related deaths, as well as informing preventative interventions from public services; believes delays to forensic toxicology reports for deaths reported to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service are therefore unacceptable; recognises the role of frontline staff, volunteers, families and the wider recovery community in supporting people affected by substance misuse; affirms the need for adequate funding of treatment and recovery services following the £40 million cumulative real terms reduction in alcohol and drug partnerships funding between 2014-15 and 2018-19, which negatively impacted the provision and capacity of essential addiction services; agrees that reducing the harms caused by alcohol and other drugs requires concerted action at all levels of public services and society; recognises that adverse childhood experiences and health inequalities both contribute to alcohol and drug-related deaths, and that stigma remains a significant barrier to people seeking treatment and support; welcomes the work to date of the Drug Deaths Taskforce, including its efforts to improve access and distribution of naloxone, optimised use of medically-assisted treatment, and piloting assertive outreach to support the most vulnerable; notes that the current Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 is not fit for purpose and poses a barrier to a public health-led approach, which has shown benefits in Portugal, British Columbia and elsewhere, and therefore calls on the UK Government to reform the Act or devolve powers to allow this Parliament to take further action to save lives.

The final question is, that motion S5M-20662, in the name of Derek Mackay, on a financial resolution for the Scottish Biometrics Commissioner Bill, be agreed to.

Motion agreed to,

That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Scottish Biometrics Commissioner Bill, agrees to any expenditure of a kind referred to in Rule 9.12.3(b) of the Parliament’s Standing Orders arising in consequence of the Act.

Meeting closed at 17:05.