Decision Time

– in the Scottish Parliament on 27th October 2020.

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Photo of Kenneth Macintosh Kenneth Macintosh Labour

The first question is, that amendment S5M-23133.4, in the name of Ruth Davidson, which seeks to amend motion S5M-23133, in the name of Nicola Sturgeon, on “COVID-19: Scotland’s Strategic Framework”, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

The Presiding Officer:

There will be a division. As members know, we have to suspend the meeting for a short period to allow all members in the chamber and those online to access the voting app.

19:02 Meeting suspended.

19:10 On resuming—

We move straight to the vote.

We will check the results and leave a few moments for members who do not think that they voted to let us know.

Division number 2 Decision Time

Aye: 50 MSPs

No: 69 MSPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Nos: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division is: For 50, Against 69, Abstentions 0.

Amendment disagreed to.

The next question is, that amendment S5M-23133.2, in the name of Richard Leonard, which seeks to amend the motion in the name of Nicola Sturgeon, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

The Presiding Officer:

There will be a division.

We will take a few moments to allow members who think that they have not voted to let us know.

Division number 3 Decision Time

Aye: 54 MSPs

No: 64 MSPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Nos: A-Z by last name

Abstained: 1 MSP

Abstaineds: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division is: For 54, Against 64, Abstentions 1.

Amendment disagreed to.

The next question is, that amendment S5M-23133.3, in the name of Alison Johnstone, which seeks to amend the motion in the name of Nicola Sturgeon, be agreed to.

Amendment agreed to.

The next question is, that amendment S5M-23133.1, in the name of Willie Rennie, which seeks to amend the motion in the name of Nicola Sturgeon, be agreed to.

Amendment agreed to.

The final question is, that motion S5M-23133, in the name of Nicola Sturgeon, on

COVID-19: Scotland’s Strategic Framework”

, as amended, be agreed to.

Motion, as amended, agreed to,

That the Parliament notes the publication of COVID-19: Scotland’s Strategic Framework, which sets out the intended approach to managing the suppression of COVID-19 across Scotland in the coming months; further notes that local NHS boards and local authorities will be consulted on the application of the framework to individual areas; acknowledges the basket of measures that will be considered with data published on decisions; further acknowledges that the Framework takes account of the direct harm that COVID-19 causes as well as the health, social and economic harms that result from the pandemic and the protective measures that have to be put in place; notes the increased support for self-isolation and compliance, the continued support for communities and for individuals, including for mental health, the projected increase in testing capacity and the commitment to increasing routine asymptomatic testing, as well as a commitment to continue to build and enhance the Test and Protect system; further notes the commitment to keeping schools open at all levels and the economic package put in place to support those businesses that may be required to close or have their operations restricted; calls on the UK Government to enable the Scottish Government to make the same open-ended commitment to funding businesses in Scotland as has been made in England and to improve the support for wages, particularly for low-income workers who may be hardest hit by any necessary restrictions, in order to support people and businesses to comply; believes that the ultimate goal must be elimination of COVID-19; recognises that the expansion of asymptomatic testing will play an important role in this endeavour, including in higher and further education settings; considers that a coherent response to the ongoing pandemic requires effort to build political consensus, and that, in addition to formal parliamentary scrutiny, this must include greater sharing of the Scottish Government’s scientific advice with opposition parties and civil society, opportunities for discussion of all policy options under consideration rather than only finalised proposals, and proactive efforts to identify known challenges ahead as well as responding to events as they happen; believes that additional capacity is urgently needed within Test and Protect, in light of the low level of quarantine spot-checks and long waits for interviews by contact tracers, alongside the extra demand that will be generated by the new routine asymptomatic testing required to protect groups, including students, and calls on the Scottish Government to provide communities with fairness, clarity and hope by sharing the criteria and thresholds for their moving up and down between the levels of restrictions, and the data that will underpin these decisions.