Decision Time

– in the Scottish Parliament on 3rd June 2021.

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Photo of Alison Johnstone Alison Johnstone Green

There are four questions to be put as a result of today’s business.

I remind members that if the amendment in the name of Oliver Mundell is agreed, then the amendments in the names of Michael Marra and Ross Greer will fall. If the amendment in the name of Michael Marra is agreed, then the amendment in the name of Ross Greer will fall.

The first question is, that amendment S6M-00204.2, in the name of Oliver Mundell, which seeks to amend motion S6M-00204, in the name of Shirley-Anne Somerville, on education, be agreed to.

Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

The Presiding Officer:

There will be a division. There will be a short suspension to allow members to access the digital voting system.

17:01 Meeting suspended.

17:05 On resuming—

We move to the vote. I remind members that if the amendment in the name of Oliver Mundell is agreed, the amendments in the name of Michael Marra and Ross Greer will fall.

Members should cast their votes now.

The vote is now closed.

Elena Whitham, I can confirm that you voted.

Photo of Graeme Dey Graeme Dey Scottish National Party

On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I was unable to vote and I would have voted no.

The Presiding Officer:

Thank you. That is recorded.

Photo of Monica Lennon Monica Lennon Labour

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

The Presiding Officer:

Thank you. We will ensure that that is recorded.

Photo of Ivan McKee Ivan McKee Scottish National Party

Hello? Presiding Officer, I was unable to vote and I would have voted no.

The Presiding Officer:

Thank you. We will ensure that that is recorded.

Photo of Graham Simpson Graham Simpson Conservative

On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I could not hear anything so, assuming that we are talking about the Oliver Mundell amendment, I would have voted yes.

The Presiding Officer:

Thank you. We will ensure that that is recorded.

Division number 1 Decision Time

Aye: 29 MSPs

No: 64 MSPs

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Nos: A-Z by last name

Abstained: 28 MSPs

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on amendment

S6M-00204.2, in the name of Oliver Mundell, on education, is: For 29, Against 64, Abstentions 28.

Amendment disagreed to.

I remind members that if the amendment in the name of Michael Marra is agreed, the amendment in the name of Ross Greer will fall.

The next question is, that amendment S6M-00204.3, in the name of Michael Marra, which seeks to amend motion S6M-00204, in the name of Shirley-Anne Somerville, on education, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

Division number 2 Decision Time

Aye: 53 MSPs

No: 61 MSPs

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Nos: A-Z by last name

Abstained: 7 MSPs

Abstaineds: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on amendment S6M-00204.3, in the name of Michael Marra, on education, is: For 53, Against 61, Abstentions 7.

Amendment disagreed to.

The next question is, that amendment S6M-00204.4, in the name of Ross Greer, which seeks to amend motion S6M-00204, in the name of Shirley-Anne Somerville, on education, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

Division number 3 Decision Time

Aye: 59 MSPs

No: 60 MSPs

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Nos: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on amendment S6M-00204.4, in the name of Ross Greer, on education, is: For 59, Against 60, Abstentions 0.

Amendment disagreed to.

The final question is, that motion S6M-00204, in the name of Shirley-Anne Somerville, on education, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

The Presiding Officer:

There will be a division.

The vote is now closed.

Photo of Michelle Thomson Michelle Thomson Scottish National Party

On a point of order, Presiding Officer, I had an issue with the previous vote on Ross Greer’s amendment. I lost connection and was not able to vote. I would have voted no.

The Presiding Officer:

I am afraid that you are too late with that point of order to record your vote, but we have your comment on the record; thank you.

Division number 4 Decision Time

Aye: 68 MSPs

No: 32 MSPs

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Nos: A-Z by last name

Abstained: 20 MSPs

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on motion S6M-00204, in the name of Shirley-Anne Somerville, on education, is: For 68, Against 32, Abstentions 20.

Motion agreed to,

That the Parliament recognises the difficult circumstances that children, young people, students and parents have faced over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic; commends the extraordinary work done by university, college, school and childcare staff over the last year to maintain education and childcare; recognises that the pandemic has nevertheless had an impact on the health, wellbeing and education of many children and young people across Scotland, particularly the most disadvantaged; agrees that work to address these impacts, and remove the barriers to learning that too many still face, should be at the heart of Scotland’s COVID-19 recovery efforts, and welcomes the Scottish Government’s commitment to implement ambitious plans to support the education system during its first 100 days.

Meeting closed at 17:24.