Decision Time

– in the Scottish Parliament on 26th November 2020.

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Photo of Kenneth Macintosh Kenneth Macintosh Labour

We turn to decision time. The first question is, that amendment S5M-23481.2, in the name of Rachael Hamilton, which seeks to amend motion S5M-23481, in the name of Shirley-Anne Somerville, on making Scotland equally safe: marking the annual international day for the elimination of violence against women, be agreed to.

Amendment agreed to.

The Presiding Officer:

The next question is, that amendment S5M-23481.1, in the name of Rhoda Grant, which seeks to amend motion S5M-23481, in the name of Shirley-Anne Somerville, on making Scotland equally safe: marking the annual international day for the elimination of violence against women, be agreed to.

Amendment agreed to.

The next question is, that motion S5M-23481, in the name of Shirley-Anne Somerville, on making Scotland equally safe: marking the annual international day for the elimination of violence against women, as amended, be agreed to.

Motion, as amended, agreed to,

That the Parliament welcomes the global 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence and the Annual International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women; is concerned that the COVID-19 pandemic has seen an increase in referrals to services for domestic abuse and violence against women and condemns violence against women in all its forms; commends the work of frontline support services that have worked tirelessly to redesign services during the pandemic and ensure that women and children can still access support; notes the important work of women’s refuges, which continued to help women during lockdown; understands that, during the COVID-19 pandemic, two-thirds of women in abusive relationships have suffered more violence, 7.6% more than in the previous 12 months, and that, tragically, nine women were killed by abusive partners in 2019; encourages anyone experiencing violence to access the support that they need; notes the effective local response and collaborative approach between national and local government on this issue; reaffirms its support for Equally Safe, Scotland’s strategy to prevent and eradicate all forms of violence against women and girls; reflects on the advancements made and key achievements to date and welcomes the publication of the last progress report for Equally Safe; calls on communities everywhere to stand shoulder to shoulder in sending a clear message that violence against women and girls is never acceptable and that now more than ever people must stand together against it; urges everyone in Scotland to continue to challenge violence and abuse, hold perpetrators to account for their behaviour and work together to build a Scotland where everyone can live equally safe, and believes that the Scottish Government should consider whether a special-alert system in pharmacies should be introduced in Scotland, similar to other European states, as well as other concrete safe-guarding measures to help protect women and children from all forms of violence.

The next question is, that motion S5M-23343, in the name of Neil Bibby, on the Tied Pubs (Scotland) Bill, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

The Presiding Officer:

There will be a division. I suspend the meeting for a few minutes to allow members to access the voting app.

18:41 Meeting suspended.

18:47 On resuming—

We move to the division on motion S5M-23343, in the name of Neil Bibby, on the Tied Pubs (Scotland) Bill. Members may cast their votes now. This will be a one-minute division.

The vote is closed. If any member believes that they were not able to vote, please let me know by making a point of order, either in the chamber or online.

Division number 1 Decision Time

Aye: 107 MSPs

Abstained: 4 MSPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Abstaineds: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on motion S5M-23343, in the name of Neil Bibby, on the Tied Pubs (Scotland) Bill, is: For 107, Against 0, Abstentions 4.

Motion agreed to,

That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Tied Pubs (Scotland) Bill.

The final question is that motion S5M-23500, in the name of Graeme Dey, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, on committee membership, be agreed to.

Motion agreed to,

That the Parliament agrees that—

Rhoda Grant be appointed to replace James Kelly as a member of the Justice Committee;

Alex Rowley be appointed to replace Rhoda Grant as a member of the Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee; and

Anas Sarwar be appointed to replace Alex Rowley as a member of the Finance and Constitution Committee.

Meeting closed at 18:47.