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– in the Scottish Parliament on 8th October 2020.

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Photo of Kenneth Macintosh Kenneth Macintosh Labour

The first question is, that amendment S5M-22985.2, in the name of Donald Cameron, which seeks to amend motion S5M-22985, in the name of Jeane Freeman, on Covid-19, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

Yes.

Member:

No.

The Presiding Officer:

Can I confirm that there was a no there? I will put the question again. The first question is, that amendment S5M-22985.2, in the name of Donald Cameron—[

Interruption

.] This is important, colleagues. We are working under slightly different circumstances from normal, so I think that we will allow some latitude and show some understanding for the difficulties that our colleagues have.

The question is, that the amendment in the name of Donald Cameron, which seeks to amend the motion in the name of Jeane Freeman, on Covid-19, be agreed to.

Amendment agreed to.

The next question is, that amendment S5M-22985.4, in the name of Richard Leonard, which seeks to amend the motion in the name of Jeane Freeman, on Covid-19, as amended, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

The Presiding Officer:

There will be a division. We will have to suspend business temporarily while I get all members, both in the chamber and online, to access the voting app.

17:42 Meeting suspended.

17:49 On resuming—

We will proceed with the division on amendment S5M-22985.4.

The vote is now closed. We will wait a few seconds to ensure that all members have registered their votes.

Division number 1 Decision Time

Aye: 53 MSPs

No: 64 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 64, Abstentions 0.

Amendment disagreed to.

The next question is, that amendment S5M-22985.3, in the name of Alison Johnstone, which seeks to amend motion S5M-22985, in the name of Jeane Freeman, on Covid-19, as amended, be agreed to.

Amendment agreed to.

The next question is, that amendment S5M-22985.1, in the name of Willie Rennie, which seeks to amend motion S5M-22985, in the name of Jeane Freeman, on Covid-19, as amended, be agreed to.

Amendment agreed to.

The next question is that motion S5M-22985, in the name of Jeane Freeman, on Covid-19, as amended, be agreed to.

Motion, as amended, agreed to,

That the Parliament recognises the considerable efforts of people across Scotland to suppress COVID-19; notes that the prevalence of the virus has increased in recent weeks and that the numbers of people hospitalised, in intensive care and tragically dying from the virus has also increased; recognises that this is not confined to younger age groups and agrees that further actions need to be taken in order to reduce the level of transmission across Scotland; notes the evidence paper published on 7 October 2020 and the national and regional targeted actions set out by the First Minister; recognises that these actions will be accompanied by additional measures to boost compliance, provide support for those self-isolating and financial support for those areas of the economy impacted by the measures; welcomes the ongoing four nations discussions and shared commitment to suppress COVID-19 to the lowest possible level across the UK and to keep it there; notes the commitment to explore additional parliamentary scrutiny and the commitment to bring forward an updated strategic approach to COVID-19 transmission to the Parliament within the next two weeks; urges the Scottish Government to do more to support the hospitality sector; calls on it to outline the specific details of what financial support is available to protect the jobs and businesses affected by the restrictions that have been announced; recognises that New Zealand has recently achieved elimination of community transmission of COVID-19 for the second time, and that routine testing has been a key aspect of that country’s response to the pandemic; further recognises the significant demand for testing and the need to continue to build further capacity within the NHS, but considers that the Scottish Government must work with NHS Scotland to introduce regular weekly testing for specific groups in the population to be determined in line with clinical advice; believes that hospital workers, social care staff, school and university staff and students should be considered as a priority, and calls for this updated strategic approach to include an updated routemap and transparency around the thresholds that underpin the implementation and lifting of tougher measures, nationally or locally, to help people understand and contribute effectively to these efforts, and for this strategy to be the subject of a meaningful vote of Parliament.

The next question is, that motion S5M-22970, in the name of Ivan McKee, on the Trade Bill, which is United Kingdom legislation, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Photo of Neil Findlay Neil Findlay Labour

On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I could not connect, and I would have voted yes.

The Presiding Officer:

Thank you, Mr Findlay. I will ensure that the clerks record your vote as a yes vote.

Photo of Alexander Burnett Alexander Burnett Conservative

On a point of order, Presiding Officer. Likewise, I could not connect and my vote would have been yes.

The Presiding Officer:

Thank you, Mr Burnett. I will instruct the clerks to register your vote as a yes vote, which will be added to the division list now.

Photo of Fulton MacGregor Fulton MacGregor Scottish National Party

On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I do not think that my vote registered. [

Temporary loss of connection

.]

The Presiding Officer:

Sorry, Mr MacGregor. We lost you for a second. Could you record that point of order once more?

The Presiding Officer:

Hello, Mr MacGregor. We could not quite hear you there. Could you make your point of order now?

Mr MacGregor, this is the Presiding Officer. Can you—[

Inaudible

.] No, you cannot quite hear me.

Mr MacGregor, this is Ken Macintosh, the Presiding Officer. [

Laughter

.] Thank you, colleagues.

Mr MacGregor, we have switched your camera off to try to improve the signal for the sound. If you can hear me, can you please make your point of order?

Photo of Richard Lyle Richard Lyle Scottish National Party

On a point of order, Presiding Officer. Mr MacGregor indicated that he was voting yes.

The Presiding Officer:

The difficulty is that although it has been indicated in the chat function, it has to be indicated formally, for the record.

I am sorry, but there is a connectivity issue that I do not think that we can resolve in time. Mr MacGregor will have a chance to come back to formally note his vote for the record. We will proceed with the result of the vote. I recognise that that disadvantages Mr MacGregor, but he will be able to make his point formally when we return.

Division number 2 Decision Time

Aye: 108 MSPs

No: 7 MSPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Nos: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division is: For 108, Against 7, Abstentions 0.

Motion agreed to,

That the Parliament agrees that the relevant provisions of the Trade Bill, introduced in the House of Commons on 19 March 2020, which relate to the implementation of the Agreement on Government Procurement, the implementation of international obligations arising from UK trade agreements, which stem from existing EU trade agreements and the sharing of trade related information by public bodies, so far as these matters fall within the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament or alter the executive functions of the Scottish Ministers, should be considered by the UK Parliament.

Mr MacGregor will be able to make his point after we return.

The final question is, that motions S5M-22993 and S5M-22994, in the name of Graeme Dey, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, be agreed to.

Motions agreed to,

That the Parliament agrees that the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2020 (SSI 2020/300) be approved.

That the Parliament agrees that the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 (SSI 2020/279) be approved.

Meeting closed at 17:58.