Decision Time

– in the Scottish Parliament on 11th March 2020.

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Photo of Kenneth Macintosh Kenneth Macintosh Labour

I remind members that if the amendment in the name of Maree Todd is agreed to, the amendment in the name of Mary Fee will fall.

The first question is, that amendment S5M-21177.3, in the name of Maree Todd, on expansion of funded childcare, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

Division number 1 Decision Time

Aye: 58 MSPs

No: 61 MSPs

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The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division is: For 58, Against 61, Abstentions 0.

Amendment disagreed to.

The next question is, that amendment S5M-21177.1, in the name of Mary Fee, which seeks to amend motion S5M-21177, in the name of Jamie Greene, on expansion of funded childcare, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

Division number 2 Decision Time

Aye: 61 MSPs

No: 58 MSPs

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Nos: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division is: For 61, Against 58, Abstentions 0.

Amendment agreed to.

The next question is, that motion S5M-21177, in the name of Jamie Greene, on the expansion of funded childcare, as amended, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

Division number 3 Decision Time

Aye: 61 MSPs

No: 58 MSPs

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Nos: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division is: For 61, Against 58, Abstentions 0.

Motion

, as amended, agreed to,

That the Parliament recognises the strong cross-party support for the expansion of funded childcare to 1,140 hours; expresses its concern however, regarding the findings of the most recent report by the Auditor General for Scotland and the Accounts Commission, Early learning and childcare Follow-up, which states that certain risks remain around buildings, staffing and the sustainability of the private, voluntary and independent sectors; notes with regret what has been identified by Audit Scotland as a possible loophole that prevents staff being paid the real living wage; is concerned that the report notes that it is likely that flexibility and choice for parents will not be fully implemented by August 2020, and that any delays to the expansion will impact service delivery and families who are planning to use these services, and demands that the Scottish Government urgently addresses these concerns.

I propose to ask a single question on the six Parliamentary Bureau motions. As no member objects, the question is, that motions S5M-21206 to S5M-21209, S5M-21214 and S5M-21215, in the name of Graeme Dey, on behalf of the

Parliamentary Bureau

, be agreed to.

Motions agreed to,

That the Parliament agrees that the Social Security (Advocacy Service Standards) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 [draft] be approved.

That the Parliament agrees that the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland Social Security Chamber (Procedure and Allocation of Functions) Amendment Regulations 2020 [draft] be approved.

That the Parliament agrees that the Energy Efficiency (Domestic Private Rented Property) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 [draft] be approved.

That the Parliament agrees that Shona Robison be appointed to replace Jenny Gilruth as a member of the Justice Sub-committee on Policing.

That the Parliament agrees that the Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee be designated as the lead committee in consideration of the Heat Networks (Scotland) Bill at stage 1.

That the Parliament agrees that Johann Lamont be appointed to replace David Stewart as the Scottish Labour Party substitute on the Public Audit and Post-legislative Scrutiny Committee.

Photo of Jamie Greene Jamie Greene Conservative

On a point of order, Presiding Officer. The Parliament has just voted to demand that the Government respond to the Audit Scotland report on early learning and childcare. Will the Government respond to the Parliament on how it intends to address the serious issues that are identified in the report, as it has been instructed to do by the Parliament?

The Presiding Officer:

Thank you very much, Mr Greene. As most members will probably know, motions of this Parliament are expressions of the Parliament’s will. There is an expectation that the Government will respond, and I am sure that it will do in due course.