Decision Time

– in the Scottish Parliament on 3rd February 2021.

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Photo of Kenneth Macintosh Kenneth Macintosh Labour

Before I put the first question, I remind members that, if the amendment in the name of Shirley-Anne Somerville is agreed to, the amendments in the name of Rachael Hamilton and Pauline McNeill will fall.

The first question is, that amendment S5M-24029.2, in the name of Shirley-Anne Somerville, which seeks to amend motion S5M-24029, in the name of Mark Ruskell, on universal support for self-isolation, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

The Presiding Officer:

There will be a division.

I suspend the meeting to allow members, both in the chamber and externally, to access the voting app.

17:31 Meeting suspended.

17:35 On resuming—

We move to the first vote. I remind members that the Government amendment pre-empts the Conservative and Labour amendments. I also remind members that we are voting on amendment S5M-24029.2, in the name of Shirley-Anne Somerville, which seeks to amend motion S5M-24029, in the name of Mark Ruskell, on universal support for self-isolation.

Members may cast their votes now. This will be a one-minute division.

The vote is now closed. Any member who had difficulty in voting should let me know.

Photo of David Stewart David Stewart Labour

On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I was unable to connect to the digital platform. I would have voted no.

The Presiding Officer:

Thank you. It will be noted that you would have voted no to the Government amendment. Your vote will be added to the register.

Photo of Shirley-Anne Somerville Shirley-Anne Somerville Scottish National Party

On a point of order, Presiding Officer. My screen went blank. I would have voted yes, but I was unable to.

The Presiding Officer:

I assure Ms Somerville that her vote was registered.

The Presiding Officer:

Could you switch on your microphone, Ms Mackay, or could you put it up, please? We cannot hear you. [

Interruption

.] If it will save you the trouble, Ms Mackay, I can advise you that you have voted and your vote has been registered.

The Presiding Officer:

I advise Ben Macpherson and Angela Constance, who are online, that their votes have been registered. I also advise John Swinney and Shona Robison that their votes have been counted. In fact, I can tell every member that their vote has been registered.

Division number 1 Decision Time

Aye: 66 MSPs

No: 59 MSPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Nos: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on amendment S5M-24029.2, in the name of Shirley-Anne Somerville, which seeks to amend motion S5M-24029, in the name of Mark Ruskell, on universal support for self-isolation, is: For 66, Against 59, Abstentions 0.

Amendment agreed to.

The next question is therefore that motion S5M-24029, in the name of Mark Ruskell, on universal support for self-isolation, as amended, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

The Presiding Officer:

There will be a one-minute division. Members may cast their votes now.

The vote is now closed. I believe that a number of members may have had difficulty in registering their vote. If members think that they were not able to register their vote, they should let me know by a point of order.

Photo of David Stewart David Stewart Labour

On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I had difficulties again, and I would—[

Inaudible.

]

The Presiding Officer:

I am sorry, Mr Stewart, but I did not quite catch that. Please repeat it.

Photo of David Stewart David Stewart Labour

I am sorry. I had difficulties again in logging in, and I would have voted no.

The Presiding Officer:

You would have voted no. Thank you. That will be noted and added to the register.

Photo of Angela Constance Angela Constance Scottish National Party

On a point of order, Presiding Officer. Despite refreshing the app on my phone, I was not given the opportunity to vote. I would have voted yes.

The Presiding Officer:

Thank you very much, Ms Constance. You would have voted yes. I will make sure that that is noted and added to the register.

Photo of Shona Robison Shona Robison Scottish National Party

On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I was not able to vote, either. I would have voted yes.

The Presiding Officer:

Thank you very much, Ms Robison. You would have voted yes. I will make sure that that, too, is added to the register.

Photo of John Swinney John Swinney Scottish National Party

On a point of order, Presiding Officer. Like my colleagues, I was unable to refresh the app, and I would have voted yes.

The Presiding Officer:

Thank you, Mr Swinney. Your yes vote will be added to the register, too.

Photo of Joan McAlpine Joan McAlpine Scottish National Party

On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I, too, had connectivity problems and would have voted yes.

The Presiding Officer:

Thank you, Ms McAlpine. You would have voted yes. That will be added to the register, too.

Division number 2 Decision Time

Aye: 71 MSPs

No: 53 MSPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Nos: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on motion S5M-24029, in the name of Mark Ruskell, on universal support for self-isolation, as amended, is: For 71, Against 53, Abstentions 0.

Motion, as amended, agreed to,

That the Parliament welcomes the COVID-19 vaccination programme and extends its thanks to all NHS workers and others delivering it; understands that an effective Test and Protect system and self-isolation are necessary to stop transmission of COVID-19; notes that recent UCL research shows that 62% of symptomatic people and 80% of close contacts comply fully with isolation guidance, and expresses thanks to all those who do so; further notes the importance of employers acting responsibly and supporting employees to self-isolate; agrees that there are barriers to adhering to self-isolation, including the UK Government’s low rates of Statutory Sick Pay; acknowledges that eligibility for the Scottish Government’s £500 Self-Isolation Support Grant will be extended to workers who earn less than the Real Living Wage, are in receipt of Council Tax Reduction, or have responsibilities for someone over 16 who needs to isolate; notes the Scottish Government’s intention to increase awareness of the support available to those self-isolating, which includes the grant, the National Assistance Helpline and the Local Self-Isolation Assistance Service; expresses thanks to local authorities for delivering this support to their communities, and calls on the UK Government to make adjustments to Statutory Sick Pay and the Job Retention Scheme to provide increased and consistent support to people who need to self-isolate.

The next question is, that amendment S5M-24030.1, in the name of Humza Yousaf, which seeks to amend motion S5M-24030, in the name of Patrick Harvie, on unexplained wealth orders, Donald Trump, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

The Presiding Officer:

There will be a division. This is a one-minute division.

The vote is now closed. If any member was not able to vote, please let me know through a point of order.

Photo of Angela Constance Angela Constance Scottish National Party

On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I am sorry but, once again, I was not given an opportunity to vote. I would have voted yes.

The Presiding Officer:

Thank you, Ms Constance. You would have voted yes. I will make sure that that is noted and registered.

Photo of John Swinney John Swinney Scottish National Party

On a point of order, Presiding Officer. Once again, I was unable to gain access to the voting app. I would have voted yes.

The Presiding Officer:

Thank you, Mr Swinney. I will make sure that your vote yes is added to the register.

I call David Torrance to make a point of order.

I am sorry, but we cannot reach David Torrance, and I am afraid that I will have to close the vote at that point.

Division number 3 Decision Time

Aye: 90 MSPs

No: 33 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 on amendment S5M-24030.1, in the name of Humza Yousaf, which seeks to amend motion S5M-24030, in the name of Patrick Harvie, on unexplained wealth orders, Donald Trump, is: For 90, Against 33, Abstentions 1.

Amendment agreed to.

The next question is, that motion S5M-24030, in the name of Patrick Harvie, on unexplained wealth orders, Donald Trump, as amended, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

The Presiding Officer:

There will be a division.

That vote is now closed. Please let me know if you had any difficulty in voting.

Daniel Johnson has a point of order.

The Presiding Officer:

We can see you, Mr Johnson, but you need to switch on your microphone.

The Presiding Officer:

Mr Johnson, could you indicate with your thumbs—by putting them up or down—whether you voted for or against the motion, or abstained?

I can see that you have your thumbs down, so I am assuming that you voted against the motion. I will make sure that your vote is added. [

Interruption

.] We are okay—it is not the Roman colosseum.

Division number 4 Decision Time

Aye: 89 MSPs

No: 32 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 on motion S5M-24030, in the name of Patrick Harvie, on unexplained wealth orders, Donald Trump, as amended, is: For 89, Against 32, Abstentions 1.

Motion

, as amended, agreed to,

That the Parliament notes the calls on the Scottish Ministers to use powers under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 to seek the granting of an Unexplained Wealth Order in respect of property transactions by Donald Trump in Scotland; recognises that the Civil Recovery Unit (CRU) undertakes this independent investigatory role on behalf of the Scottish Ministers and reports directly to the Lord Advocate; believes that, to preserve the rule of law, there must not be political interference in the enforcement of the law, and notes that the CRU does not confirm nor deny the existence of any investigation taking place.

The next question is, that motion S5M-24043, in the name of Graeme Dey, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, on the approval of a Scottish statutory instrument, be agreed to. The regulations in question are the ones on coronavirus restrictions that relate to local levels, which Michelle Ballantyne spoke against. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

The Presiding Officer:

There will be a division.

The vote is now closed. Members should let me know if they were unable to register their vote.

Photo of Edward Mountain Edward Mountain Conservative

Presiding Officer, I do not appear to have voted, or it may be that my app has not updated. I would have voted yes.

The Presiding Officer:

Thank you, Mr Mountain. I assure you that your vote was registered.

Photo of Brian Whittle Brian Whittle Conservative

On a point of order, Presiding Officer, my app did not load. I would have voted yes.

The Presiding Officer:

Thank you, Mr Whittle. I will make sure that you are added to the register.

I confirm to Michelle Ballantyne, Aileen Campbell and Jeremy Balfour that their votes were registered.

Division number 5 Decision Time

Aye: 120 MSPs

Abstained: 1 MSP

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Abstaineds: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on motion S5M-24043, in the name of Graeme Dey, on approval of an SSI, is: For 120, Against 0, Abstentions 1.

Motion agreed to,

That the Parliament agrees that Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Local Levels) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 12) Regulations 2021 (SSI 2021/17) be approved.

The next question is, that motion S5M-24053, in the name of Graeme Dey, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, on approval of an SSI, be agreed to. The instrument in question is the draft Provision of Early Learning and Childcare (Specified Children) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2020, which Beatrice Wishart spoke against, and on which Jamie Greene was intending to speak. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

The Presiding Officer:

There will be a division.

The vote is now closed. Members should let me know if they had any difficulties in voting. [

Interruption

.] I will give members a chance to applaud in a minute.

Division number 6 Decision Time

Aye: 117 MSPs

No: 7 MSPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Nos: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on motion S5M-24053, in the name of Graeme Dey, is: For 117, Against 7, Abstentions 0.

Motion agreed to,

That the Parliament agrees that the Provision of Early Learning and Childcare (Specified Children) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2020 [draft] be approved.

I propose to ask a single question on the remaining 10 Parliamentary Bureau motions, unless any member objects.

The final question is, that motions S5M-24044 to S5M-24052 and motion S5M-24054, all in the name of Graeme Dey, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, be agreed to.

Motions agreed to,

That the Parliament agrees that Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Local Levels) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 13) Regulations 2021 (SSI 2021/25) be approved.

That the Parliament agrees that the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (International Travel) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 25) Regulations 2020 (SSI 2020/474) be approved.

That the Parliament agrees that the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (International Travel) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2021 (SSI 2021/5) be approved.

That the Parliament agrees that the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (International Travel) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2021 (SSI 2021/6) be approved.

That the Parliament agrees that the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (International Travel) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 3) Regulations 2021 (SSI 2021/7) be approved.

That the Parliament agrees that the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (International Travel) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 4) Regulations 2021 (SSI 2021/19) be approved.

That the Parliament agrees that the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (International Travel) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 5) Regulations 2021 (SSI 2021/21) be approved.

That the Parliament agrees that the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Pre-Departure Testing and Operator Liability) (Scotland) Regulations 2021 (SSI 2021/20) be approved.

That the Parliament agrees that the Agricultural Holdings (Relinquishment and Assignation) (Application to Relevant Partnerships) (Scotland) Regulations 2021 [draft] be approved.

That the Parliament agrees that the Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011 (Rules of Procedure in Children’s Hearings) Amendment Rules 2021 [draft] be approved.

Before I close the meeting, I am conscious that it is 6 o’clock and I know that many members wish to participate in the clap to commemorate Captain Tom Moore. I will allow members to do that now. [

Applause

.]

Thank you very much, colleagues. On that note, I close the meeting.

Meeting closed at 18:02.