Decision Time

– in the Scottish Parliament on 10th June 2021.

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Photo of Alison Johnstone Alison Johnstone Green

There are six questions to be put as a result of today’s business. The first question is, that amendment S6M-00294.1, in the name of Jamie Greene, which seeks to amend motion S6M-00294, in the name of Keith Brown, on justice: recover, renew, transform, be agreed to. Are we all agreed?

The Presiding Officer:

The Parliament is not agreed. We will move to a vote, so there will be a short suspension to allow members to access the digital voting system.

17:04 Meeting suspended.

17:09 On resuming—

The question is, that amendment S6M-00294.1, in the name of Jamie Greene, which seeks to amend motion S6M-00294, in the name of Keith Brown, on justice: recover, renew, transform, be agreed to. Members should cast their votes now.

The vote is closed.

Division number 1 Decision Time

Aye: 28 MSPs

No: 93 MSPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Nos: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on amendment S6M-00294.1, in the name of Jamie Greene, on justice: recover, renew, transform, is: For 28, Against 93, Abstentions 0.

Amendment disagreed to.

The next question is, that amendment S6M-00294.3, in the name of Pauline McNeill, which seeks to amend motion S6M-00294, in the name of Keith Brown, on justice: recover, renew, transform, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

There will be a division.

The vote is closed.

Division number 2 Decision Time

Aye: 53 MSPs

No: 60 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-00294.3, in the name of Pauline McNeill, which seeks to amend motion S6M-00294, in the name of Keith Brown, on justice: recover, renew, transform, is: For 53, Against 60, Abstentions 7.

Amendment disagreed to.

The next question is, that amendment S6M-00294.4, in the name of Maggie Chapman, which seeks to amend motion S6M-00294, in the name of Keith Brown, on justice: recover, renew, transform, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

There will be a division.

The vote is closed.

Division number 3 Decision Time

Aye: 93 MSPs

No: 2 MSPs

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Nos: A-Z by last name

Abstained: 26 MSPs

Abstaineds: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on amendment S6M-00294.4, in the name of Maggie Chapman, which seeks to amend motion S6M-00294, in the name of Keith Brown, on justice: recover, renew, transform, is: For 93, Against 2, Abstentions 26.

Amendment agreed to.

The next question is, that amendment S6M-00294.2, in the name of Liam McArthur, which seeks to amend motion S6M-00294, in the name of Keith Brown, on justice: recover, renew, transform, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

There will be a division.

The vote is closed.

Photo of Mercedes Villalba Mercedes Villalba Labour

On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I did not vote but would have voted yes.

The Presiding Officer:

Thank you, Ms Villalba. We will ensure that your vote is recorded.

Division number 4 Decision Time

Aye: 57 MSPs

No: 58 MSPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Nos: A-Z by last name

Abstained: 6 MSPs

Abstaineds: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on amendment S6M-00294.2, in the name of Liam McArthur, which seeks to amend motion S6M-00294, in the name of Keith Brown, on justice: recover, renew, transform, is: For 57, Against 58, Abstentions 6.

Amendment disagreed to.

The next question is, that motion S6M-00294, in the name of Keith Brown, as amended, on justice: recover, renew, transform, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Motion, as amended, agreed to,

Accordingly, the Parliament resolved—That the Parliament commends the commitment, dedication and innovation of justice partners, staff and key stakeholders in ensuring that the justice system can recover, renew and transform as Scotland emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, while looking towards reform that delivers a faster, fairer and more effective system; acknowledges key challenges and the ongoing need for measures to both continue to protect public health and to support the recovery of the justice system as it emerges from this most challenging period; recognises the investment of additional resources in helping to address the impact and encourages continued collaboration to ensure that the interests of victims and those who rely on the justice system remain at the heart of necessary reforms; recognises the inventive solutions that have been adopted, including the use of cinemas as remote jury centres, moving civil business online and enabling prisoners to maintain family contact through virtual visits; but, as in other jurisdictions worldwide, recognises the impact of the pandemic on the delivery of justice in Scotland on victims, witnesses and those accused of criminal offences, including those on remand, indicating the need for a clear focus on addressing the backlogs in court business and ensuring cases are progressed within a reasonable time period, all in order to deliver a modern justice system fit for future challenges; considers that the transformation of the justice system must take a human rights and equalities approach to address the disproportionate impact of punitive procedures on BAME communities and other marginalised people and the retraumatising of victims and survivors; acknowledges the urgent need to identify and increase enforcement action against corporate and environmental crime; recognises that an holistic approach to crime reduction and restorative justice that addresses the underlying causes of crime and focuses on rehabilitation, rather than punishment, reduces reoffending and delivers better outcomes for individuals and communities and tackles unacceptable levels of institutional violence, self-harm and suicide, and calls on the Scottish Government to explore opportunities to implement such approaches, including directing more resources towards prevention and reforming policing and prisons.

The final question is, that motion S6M-00350, in the name of George Adam, on a variation of standing orders, be agreed to.

Motion agreed to,

That the Parliament agrees that, for the purpose of the establishment of committees following the general election, in Rule 6.1.6(a) of Standing Orders the number “21” be suspended and replaced with “30”.

That concludes decision time.

Meeting closed at 17:19.