Decision Time

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 18th March 2021.

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The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on amendment S5M-24396.3, in the name of James Kelly, which seeks to amend motion S5M-24396, in the name of Angela Constance, is: For 114, Against 1, Abstentions 0.

Amendment agreed to.

The next question is, that amendment S5M-24396.2, in the name of Liam McArthur, which seeks to amend motion S5M-24396, in the name of Angela Constance, on the national mission to reduce drug deaths and harms, be agreed to.

Amendment agreed to.

The next question is, that motion S5M-24396, in the name of Angela Constance, on the national mission to reduce drug deaths and harms, as amended, be agreed to.

Motion, as amended, agreed to,

That the Parliament recognises that almost 3,400 people in Scotland have lost their lives to drug misuse in the last three years; believes that this scale of loss of life is not only a tragedy on the friends and families left behind, but is also a mark of shame on the nation; notes the Scottish Government’s proposal to lead a national mission to reduce drug deaths and harms, and to agree that this is a public health emergency requiring partnership working and concerted action at all levels of public life; welcomes the announcement of significant increased funding to support this national mission to be invested in a range of areas that will have the biggest impact in getting individuals into treatment and keeping them alive; acknowledges that additional resources are necessary after years of funding cuts to services; supports the use of public health interventions such as safe consumption facilities to prevent overdoses and save lives; considers that the resources of the police and criminal justice system should be focused on preventing supply of harmful drugs in Scotland’s communities and ensuring that vulnerable drug users are not exposed to unnecessary court action; notes that the scale of drugs deaths in Scotland is the highest in the UK; believes that, as well as preventing deaths, there is a need to deliver improvements in treatment options and the availability of same-day treatment for those who seek help with substance misuse; calls on the next Scottish administration to coordinate a plan for a Scotland-wide network of heroin-assisted treatment facilities, and agrees to work towards diverting people caught in possession of drugs for personal use into treatment and ceasing imprisonment in these cases, helping save lives.

The next question is, that motion S5M-24364, in the name of Bill Kidd, on changes to private and hybrid bill procedures, be agreed to.

Motion agreed to,

That the Parliament notes the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee’s 6th Report 2021 (Session 5), S tanding Order Rule Changes — Private and Hybrid Bill Procedures

(SP Paper 973), and agrees that the changes to Standing Orders set out in Annexe A of the report be made with effect from 12 May 2021.

The next question is, that motion S5M-24391, in the name of Bill Kidd, on changes in relation to revised accompanying documents for emergency bills, be agreed to.

Motion agreed to,

That the Parliament notes the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee’s 10th Report 2021 (Session 5),

Standing Order Rule Changes — Delegated Powers Memorandum and Emergency Bills

(SP Paper 987), and agrees that the changes to Standing Orders set out in Annexe A of the report be made with effect from 12 May 2021.

The next question is, that motion S5M-24375, in the name of Bill Kidd, on changes to the financial scrutiny provisions, be agreed to.

Motion agreed to,

That the Parliament notes the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee’s 3rd Report 2021 (Session 5),

Standing Order Rule Changes on the Financial Scrutiny of Bills

(SP Paper 964), and agrees that the changes to Standing Orders set out in Annexe A of the report be made with effect from 12 May 2021.

The final question is, that motion S5M-24359, in the name of Bill Kidd, on the code of conduct—register of interests—gifts threshold, be agreed to.

Motion agreed to,

That the Parliament notes the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee’s 5th Report 2021 (Session 5),

Code of Conduct — Register of Interests — Gifts Threshold

(SP Paper 972), and agrees that the proposed changes come into effect on 6 May 2021.

That concludes decision time. When leaving the chamber, members should follow the one-way systems, wear their masks and make sure that they observe social distancing rules.

Meeting closed at 18:15.