Decision Time

– in the Scottish Parliament on 16th June 2021.

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

The first question is, that amendment S6M-00382.1, in the name of Oliver Mundell, which seeks to amend motion S6M-00382, in the name of Richard Lochhead, on mitigating, tackling and responding to the skills impact of Brexit, 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.

17:36 Meeting suspended.

17:40 On resuming—

Members should cast their votes now on amendment S6M-00382.1, in the name of Oliver Mundell.

The vote is closed.

Division number 1 Decision Time

Aye: 29 MSPs

No: 73 MSPs

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Nos: A-Z by last name

Abstained: 21 MSPs

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on amendment S6M-00382.1, in the name of Oliver Mundell, which seeks to amend motion S6M-00382, in the name of Richard Lochhead, on mitigating, tackling and responding to the skills impact of Brexit, is: For 29, Against 73, Abstentions 21.

Amendment disagreed to

.

The second question is, that amendment S6M-00382.3, in the name of Paul Sweeney, which seeks to amend motion S6M-00382, in the name of Richard Lochhead, on mitigating, tackling and responding to the skills impact of Brexit, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

The Presiding Officer:

There will be a division. Members should cast their votes now.

The vote is closed.

The Presiding Officer:

Thank you, Ms Stewart. We will ensure that that is recorded.

Division number 2 Decision Time

Aye: 93 MSPs

No: 29 MSPs

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Nos: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on amendment S6M-00382.3, in the name of Paul Sweeney, is: For 93, Against 29, Abstentions 0.

Amendment agreed to.

The third question is, that motion S6M-00382, in the name of Richard Lochhead, on mitigating, tackling and responding to the skills impact of Brexit, as amended, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

Division number 3 Decision Time

Aye: 91 MSPs

No: 29 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 S6M-00382, in the name of Richard Lochhead, on mitigating, tackling and responding to the skills impact of Brexit, as amended, is: For 91, Against 29, Abstentions 1.

Motion, as amended, agreed to,

That the Parliament agrees that a skilled and productive workforce is vital to addressing labour market inequalities, creating fairer workplaces and delivering an inclusive, green recovery; recognises that employers in sectors disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic are now reporting skills shortages as a result of the ending of free movement, and that colleges and universities share concern over the impact of Brexit on staff and student mobility; agrees that delivering a skilled and sustainable workforce will require action and collaboration from both the Scottish and UK governments, along with employers and key partners; welcomes the Scottish Government’s continued commitment to upskilling and retraining, including through the extension of the National Transition Training Fund to 2021-22 and commitment to invest an additional £500 million over the current parliamentary session to support new jobs and reskill people for the future; notes the disappointingly low uptake of the National Transition Training Fund to date and believes that upskilling and reskilling Scotland will require more ambitious interventions; acknowledges that the Scottish Government must do more to enhance the standard of living in Scotland, work with the UK Government to support flexible visa schemes and build on previous initiatives, such as ‘Fresh Talent’, in order to effectively address the skills shortages within key sectors of the economy and make Scotland an attractive location to live, work, study and do business; recognises the need for an effective industrial strategy, and calls on the Scottish Government to develop such a strategy to prevent the loss of skilled jobs, promote upskilling in the workplace and promote the extension of trade union recognition to prevent exploitation of migrant labour and secure future fiscal sustainability.

I propose to put a single question on the two motions on approval of Scottish statutory instruments, unless any member objects.

The final question is, that motions S6M-00398 and S6M-00399, in the names of Michael Matheson and John Swinney, on approval of SSIs, be agreed to.

Motions agreed to,

That the Parliament agrees that the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (International Travel) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 11) Regulations 2021 (SSI 2021/212) be approved.

That the Parliament agrees that the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Local Levels) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 24) Regulations 2021 (SSI 2021/211) be approved.

That concludes decision time.

17:48 Members’ business will be published tomorrow, 17 June 2021, as soon as the text is available.