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Decision Time

– in the Scottish Parliament on 23rd June 2020.

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Photo of Kenneth Macintosh Kenneth Macintosh Labour

Before we come to decisions, I return to the observation that Andy Wightman made in his opening remarks on the local government finance order about the title of that order as set out in the motion. Mr Wightman was correct that the words were in the wrong order. The motion has now been updated with a minor amendment to reflect the proper title.

The first question is, that motion S5M-22114, in the name of Ben Macpherson, on the Local Government Finance (Coronavirus) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2020, be agreed to.

Motion agreed to,

That the Parliament agrees that the Local Government Finance (Coronavirus) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2020 [draft] be approved.

The Presiding Officer:

The second question is, that amendment S5M-22119.2, in the name of Maurice Golden, which seeks to amend motion S5M-22119, in the name of Fiona Hyslop, on the advisory group on economic recovery recommendations, be agreed to.

Amendment agreed to.

The next question is, that amendment S5M-22119.4, in the name of Richard Leonard, which seeks to amend motion S5M-22119, in the name of Fiona Hyslop, as amended, be agreed to.

Amendment agreed to.

The next question is, that amendment S5M-22119.3, in the name of Andy Wightman, which seeks to amend motion S5M-22119 in the name of Fiona Hyslop, as amended, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

Division number 1 Decision Time

Aye: 52 MSPs

No: 12 MSPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Nos: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division is: For 52, Against 12, Abstentions 0.

Amendment agreed to.

The next question is, that amendment S5M-22119.1, in the name of Willie Rennie, which seeks to amend motion S5M-22119, in the name of Fiona Hyslop, as amended, be agreed to.

Amendment agreed to.

The next question is, that motion S5M-22119, in the name of Fiona Hyslop, on the advisory group on economic recovery’s recommendations, as amended, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

Division number 2 Decision Time

Aye: 52 MSPs

No: 12 MSPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Nos: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division is: For 52, Against 12, Abstentions 0.

Motion, as amended, agreed to,

That the Parliament notes the findings and recommendations of the independent Advisory Group on Economic Recovery in its report,

Towards a robust, resilient wellbeing economy for Scotland

, and thanks the membership of the group for their deliberations; further notes the considerable impact that COVID-19 has had on the different sectors and regions of the Scottish economy; recognises the considerable and collective action that will be required from government, private and third sectors, trade unions and the people of Scotland to support a green and sustainable economic recovery that enhances the wellbeing of all; welcomes the contribution of the UK Government in protecting livelihoods, jobs and businesses in Scotland during the COVID-19 pandemic; welcomes the focus on establishing a jobs guarantee scheme, which should be tailored to ensure it provides necessary additional assistance for young workers, women and BAME and disabled workers, who are all likely to be hit hard by this economic crisis; recognises the disproportionate economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis on young people, and therefore welcomes the valuable role that a jobs guarantee scheme could play in protecting livelihoods, preventing unemployment and accelerating the transition to a net-zero economy; notes that young people are also more likely to suffer from precarious incomes and expensive and insecure housing, and considers that economic recovery must address the root causes of these problems; agrees that there is a need both for a significant increase in capital investment and for the Scottish Government to take public stakes in businesses, but considers that both these interventions must be actively led according to clearly defined principles, rather than according to commercial imperatives; notes that the Scottish Government has committed to a formal response by the end of July 2020; believes that a more urgent response is needed on provision of childcare for anyone required to return to work given the report’s statement that school and childcare closures represent “a disproportionate impact on women’s employment”, and further calls for a formal estimation within its plans of the amounts paid by the UK Government directly to people in Scotland under furlough, unemployment benefits and other COVID-related payments, in order to give a better assessment of the resources both required and available to support people.

The next question is, that motion S5M-22115, in the name of Shirley-Anne Somerville, on the Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill at stage 3, be agreed to. Members should cast their votes now.

Division number 3 Decision Time

Aye: 64 MSPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

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

Motion agreed to,

That the Parliament agrees that the Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill be passed.

The motion has been agreed to and therefore the

Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill is passed. [

Applause

.]

The final question is, that motion S5M-22126, in the name of Graeme Dey, on the referral of a Scottish statutory instrument, be agreed to.

Motion agreed to,

That the Parliament agrees that the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (International Travel) (Scotland) Amendment (No 2) Regulations 2020 (SSI 2020/184) be considered by the Parliament.

Meeting closed at 17:59.