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Decision Time

– in the Scottish Parliament on 16th June 2020.

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Photo of Kenneth Macintosh Kenneth Macintosh Labour

There are six questions to be put today.

The first question is, that amendment S5M-22033.1, in the name of Donald Cameron, which seeks to amend motion S5M-22033, in the name of Kate Forbes, on fiscal implications of Covid-19, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

Division number 1 Decision Time

Aye: 18 MSPs

No: 55 MSPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Nos: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

Mr Greene, you may make your point of order after I have read out the result of the division.

The result of the division is: For 18, Against 55, Abstentions 0.

Amendment disagreed to.

Mr Greene, I take it that you thought that your vote was not recognised.

Photo of Jamie Greene Jamie Greene Conservative

I just wanted to check whether it had been, Presiding Officer. It did not appear on the screen, although I see that my microphone is working. I will check the

Official Report

. I might not be able to participate in further votes, such are the joys of technology in this place.

The Presiding Officer:

Thank you, Mr Greene. We will check. If your vote was not shown, it will be noted on the record that you voted—in this case, are you confirming that you voted with the Conservatives, for the amendment? [

Laughter

.] I see that that is confirmed.

We move to the next question. I remind members that if the amendment in the name of Jackie Baillie is agreed to, the amendment in the name of Willie Rennie will fall.

The question is, that amendment S5M-22033.2, in the name of Jackie Baillie, which seeks to amend motion S5M-22033, in the name of Kate Forbes, on fiscal implications of Covid-19, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

Division number 2 Decision Time

Aye: 55 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 55, Against 18, Abstentions 0.

Amendment agreed to.

The next question is, that amendment S5M-22033.3, in the name of Patrick Harvie, which seeks to amend the motion in the name of Kate Forbes, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

Division number 3 Decision Time

Aye: 53 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 53, Against 18, Abstentions 0.

Amendment agreed to.

Amendment S5M-22033.4, in the name of Willie Rennie, is pre-empted. Therefore, the next question is, that motion S5M-22033, in the name of Kate Forbes, as amended, on the fiscal implications of Covid-19, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

Division number 4 Decision Time

Aye: 55 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 55, Against 18, Abstentions 0.

Motion, as amended, agreed to,

That the Parliament notes that the funding requirements of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic have been substantial for both the Scottish and UK governments; welcomes the additional funding made available by the UK Government to tackle the pandemic, providing support for businesses and to retain jobs; further notes that both the Scottish Government and local authorities have contributed additional resources, that councils are equally exposed to financial risk and that there is likely to be a budget shortfall in local government; agrees that additional short-term flexibilities in the Fiscal Framework should be negotiated with the UK Government; notes that the limitations in the Fiscal Framework were agreed by the Scottish Government, and welcomes the opportunity to review this next year; agrees that all parties and levels of government should continue to work collaboratively and transparently on the collective fiscal response; urges the Scottish Government to bring forward a package of measures to restart the economy; recognises that economic recovery from COVID-19 will require a very substantial fiscal stimulus package as well as continuation of the job retention scheme in at least some sectors such as the hospitality industry; notes that the need for these further measures is recognised at EU level and regrets that the UK will be unable to participate in the EU’s stimulus package as a result of the UK Government’s choices, and believes that all fiscal interventions to respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic must be designed to build back a better, fairer and more sustainable economy, and that investment in a green economy must be the most urgent priority for all governments, instead of supporting the continuation of exploitative and unsustainable practices.

The final question is, that motion S5M-22034, in the name of Fiona Hyslop, on the legislative consent motion on the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill, be agreed to.

Motion agreed to,

That the Parliament agrees that the relevant provisions of the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill, introduced in the House of Commons on 20 May 2020, so far as they fall within the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament, or alter the executive competence of the Scottish Ministers, should be considered by the UK Parliament.

Meeting closed at 17:37.