Decision Time

– in the Scottish Parliament on 18th February 2021.

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Photo of Kenneth Macintosh Kenneth Macintosh Labour

We move to decision time.

The first question is, that amendment S5M-24165.1, in the name of Dean Lockhart, which seeks to amend motion S5M-24165, in the name of Michael Russell, on “Doing Politics Differently: The Report of the Citizens’ Assembly of Scotland”, be agreed to. Are we agreed? I ask members to put “No” in the chat box if they disagree.

Amendment agreed to.

The Presiding Officer:

The next question is, that amendment S5M-24165.3, in the name of Anas Sarwar, which seeks to amend motion S5M-24165, in the name of Michael Russell, on “Doing Politics Differently: The Report of the Citizens’ Assembly of Scotland”, be agreed to. Are we agreed? Again, I ask members just to put N or “No” in the chat box if they disagree.

There is disagreement, so we will move to a vote. In order to vote, members will have to access the voting app, so I will suspend the meeting for a few moments. Broadcasting will be switched off, and we will come back when members have accessed the voting app.

16:45 Meeting suspended.

16:49 On resuming—

Some members might still be joining us, but we will move to the vote.

The question is, that amendment S5M-24165.3, in the name of Anas Sarwar, which seeks to amend motion S5M-24165, in the name of Michael Russell, on “Doing Politics Differently: The Report of the Citizens’ Assembly of Scotland”, be agreed to.

This will be a two-minute vote, simply because it is being done entirely online and it will be safer to allow two minutes.

Members can exercise their vote now.

The vote is now closed. I ask any member who was not able to exercise their vote to let me know by commenting in the chat function.

Photo of Paul Wheelhouse Paul Wheelhouse Scottish National Party

On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I apologise—I had a problem logging in to the platform. I would have voted yes.

The Presiding Officer:

Thank you, Mr Wheelhouse. I will make sure that your vote is added.

Photo of Ivan McKee Ivan McKee Scottish National Party

On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I was also unable to vote. I would have voted yes, too

The Presiding Officer:

Thank you, Mr McKee. That vote will also be added to the voting register.

Division number 1 Decision Time

Aye: 87 MSPs

No: 29 MSPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Nos: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the vote on amendment S5M-24165.3, in the name of Anas Sarwar, which seeks to amend motion S5M-24165, in the name of Michael Russell, is: For 86, Against 29, Abstentions 0.

Amendment agreed to.

The next question is, that amendment S5M-24165.2, in the name of Patrick Harvie, which seeks to amend motion S5M-24165, in the name of Michael Russell, on “Doing Politics Differently: The Report of the Citizens’ Assembly of Scotland”,

be agreed to. If members do not agree, please put “No” in the chat function.

There is disagreement, so there will be a division. This will be a two-minute division.

The vote is now closed. If members had any difficulties in exercising their vote during that division, they should let me know by putting a comment in the chat function.

I am just checking to see whether any member wants to raise a point of order. No one does.

Division number 2 Decision Time

Aye: 116 MSPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the vote on amendment 24165.2, in the name of Patrick Harvie, which seeks to amend motion S5M-24165, in the name of Michael Russell, is: For 116, Against 0, Abstentions 0.

There was an indication that there was going to be a division, but the amendment has been carried unanimously.

Amendment agreed to.

The final question is, that motion S5M-24165, in the name of Michael Russell, on “Doing Politics Differently: The Report of the Citizens’ Assembly of Scotland”, as amended, be agreed to. Are we agreed? We are not agreed.

There will be a division. I will allow two minutes for the division, as we are doing this entirely online.

The vote is now closed. Please let me know in the chat function if you were not able to vote or if you had any other problems and need to raise a point of order.

I need to make a correction to the vote on amendment S5M-24165.3, in the name of Anas Sarwar. I read out the result of the division as: For 86, Against 29, Abstentions 0. That should have been: For 87, Against 29, Abstentions 0.

Division number 3 Decision Time

Aye: 89 MSPs

Abstained: 29 MSPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Abstaineds: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on motion S5M-24165, in the name of Michael Russell, on “Doing Politics Differently: The Report of the Citizens’ Assembly of Scotland”, as amended, is: For 89, Against 0, Abstentions 29.

Motion, as amended, agreed to,

That the Parliament notes

Doing Politics Differently - the Report of the Citizens’ Assembly of Scotland

; extends its thanks to the members of the Assembly for their hard work, efforts, commitment and collaborative approach, especially given the inevitable difficulties caused for the Assembly by the COVID-19 pandemic; welcomes the desire shown by the Assembly for Scotland to be a leader in environmental policy and in particular its recognition that climate change is increasing the risk of further pandemics; commends the report for further consideration by Members in the next session of the Parliament, informed by a full response from the incoming Scottish administration, while recognising that different political parties will take a different view on the recommendations of the report; welcomes the bold and ambitious recommendations put forward to tackle inequality in Scotland, including capping private sector rents, making energy efficiency measures more affordable and investing in green infrastructure, and calls on the Scottish Government to give an annual statement to the Parliament on what action has been taken in response to the work of the Assembly.

That concludes decision time.