Decision Time

– in the Scottish Parliament on 17th 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-00400

.1, in the name of Sue Webber, which seeks to amend motion S6M-00400, in the name of Angela Constance, on tackling drug-related deaths, 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.

17:34 Meeting suspended.

17:37 On resuming—

Members should cast their votes now.

The vote is now closed.

Division number 1 Decision Time

Aye: 28 MSPs

No: 72 MSPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Nos: A-Z by last name

Abstained: 22 MSPs

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on amendment S6M-00400.1, in the name of Sue Webber, which seeks to amend motion S6M-00400, in the name of Angela Constance, on tackling drug-related deaths, is: For 28, Against 72, Abstentions 22.

Amendment disagreed to.

The next question is, that amendment S6M-00400.4, in the name of Claire Baker, which seeks to amend motion S6M-00400, in the name of Angela Constance, on tackling drug-related deaths, 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 now closed.

Photo of Pam Duncan-Glancy Pam Duncan-Glancy Labour

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

The Presiding Officer:

Thank you. We will record that.

Photo of Ariane Burgess Ariane Burgess Green

On a point of order, Presiding Officer. My vote did not register on the app. I would have voted yes.

The Presiding Officer:

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

Division number 2 Decision Time

Aye: 94 MSPs

No: 28 MSPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Nos: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on amendment S6M-00400.4, in the name of Claire Baker, which seeks to amend motion S6M-00400, in the name of Angela Constance, on tackling drug-related deaths, is: For 94, Against 28, Abstentions 0.

Amendment agreed to.

The next question is, that amendment S6M-00400.3, in the name of Gillian Mackay, which seeks to amend motion S6M-00400, in the name of Angela Constance, on tackling drug-related deaths, 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 now closed.

Photo of Anas Sarwar Anas Sarwar Labour

On a point of order, Presiding Officer. Apologies—my screen would not refresh. I would have voted yes.

The Presiding Officer:

Thank you. We will ensure that that is recorded, Mr Sarwar.

Photo of Jeremy Balfour Jeremy Balfour Conservative

On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I would have voted no.

The Presiding Officer:

Thank you, Mr Balfour. We will ensure that that is recorded.

Photo of Collette Stevenson Collette Stevenson Scottish National Party

On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I lost my connection. I would have voted yes.

The Presiding Officer:

Thank you. We will ensure that that is recorded.

Division number 3 Decision Time

Aye: 94 MSPs

No: 28 MSPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Nos: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on amendment S6M-00400.3, in the name of Gillian Mackay, which seeks to amend motion S6M-00400, in the name of Angela Constance, on tackling drug-related deaths, is: For 94, Against 28, Abstentions 0.

Amendment agreed to.

The next question is, that amendment S6M-00400.2, in the name of Alex Cole-Hamilton, which seeks to amend motion S6M-00400, in the name of Angela Constance, on tackling drug-related deaths, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

Division number 4 Decision Time

Aye: 93 MSPs

No: 28 MSPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Nos: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on amendment S6M-00400.2, in the name of Alex Cole-Hamilton, which seeks to amend motion S6M-00400, in the name of Angela Constance, on tackling drug-related deaths, is: For 93, Against 28, Abstentions 0.

Amendment agreed to.

The next question is, that motion S6M-00400, in the name of Angela Constance, on tackling drug-related deaths, as amended, 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 now closed.

Photo of Bob Doris Bob Doris Scottish National Party

On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I was not able to access the digital app. I would have voted yes.

The Presiding Officer:

Thank you, Mr Doris. We will ensure that that is recorded.

Division number 5 Decision Time

Aye: 94 MSPs

No: 28 MSPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Nos: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on motion S6M-00400, in the name of Angela Constance, on tackling drug-related deaths, as amended, is: For 94, Against 28, Abstentions 0.

Motion, as amended, agreed to,

That the Parliament supports the national mission to tackle drug-related deaths and harms; welcomes proposals for the introduction of guidance to increase the accessibility of residential rehabilitation programmes; notes that increased funding is supporting enhancements to ensure that resources reach frontline treatment, rehabilitation and recovery services in areas of acute demand; believes that the new Medication-Assisted Treatment Standards are fundamental to ensuring that everyone who requires support can get access to the drug treatment or support option that they seek; further believes that actions on the standards, such as the implementation of same-day prescribing and increasing the range of treatment options available across the country, will help save lives; supports calls for an urgent four-nations summit to consider reform of the 50-year-old Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 to fully align the law with a public health response, so that all options for tackling the harm caused by drugs can be deployed, if supported by the Scottish Parliament; considers that the resources of the police and justice system should be focused on supporting lifesaving, public health interventions and believes that all options within the existing legal framework should be explored to support the delivery of safe consumption facilities; notes that delivering the new Medication-Assisted Treatment Standards will require significant service reform; believes that, given the scale of the drugs deaths crisis in Scotland, there must be public accountability and scrutiny over implementation of the standards; calls on the Scottish Government to report on a six-monthly basis to the Parliament on the progress of implementation and service improvement; considers that safe consumption rooms are an important public health measure that could reduce drug deaths and deliver wider benefits to communities, as they have done elsewhere; condemns the UK Government’s refusal to support trials in Scotland and urges it to reconsider; calls on the Scottish Government to investigate, as a matter of urgency, what options it has to establish legal and safe consumption rooms within the existing legal framework; notes the recommendation made by Sir Harry Burns to routinely record adverse childhood experiences, and believes that all aspects of recovery and treatment should be trauma-informed; understands that guidance has previously been issued by the Lord Advocate to police officers relating to the use of recorded police warnings in certain cases of minor offending; would support a new Lord Advocate reviewing this guidance and examining how it can be strengthened, in light of the resolution of the Parliament on motion S5M-24396 on 18 March 2021 and the support expressed for working towards diverting people caught in possession of drugs for personal use into treatment, and believes that a parliamentary statement after the summer recess from the new Lord Advocate on the principles and practicalities of diversion would be beneficial in informing public debate and the response of authorities to Scotland’s drugs deaths crisis.

The final question is, that motion S6M-00429, in the name of George Adam, on committee membership, be agreed to.

Motion agreed to,

That the Parliament agrees the membership of committees of the Parliament as follows:

COVID-19 Recovery Committee

Membership: Siobhan Brown, John Mason, Jim Fairlie, Alex Rowley, Murdo Fraser, Brian Whittle.

Citizen Participation and Public Petitions Committee

Membership: David Torrance, Bill Kidd, Paul Sweeney, Jackson Carlaw, Tess White.

Constitution, Europe, External Affairs and Culture Committee

Membership: Clare Adamson, Jenni Minto, Alasdair Allan, Patrick Harvie, Sarah Boyack, Donald Cameron, Sue Webber.

Criminal Justice Committee

Membership: Audrey Nicol, Rona Mackay, Collette Stevenson, Fulton MacGregor, Pauline McNeill, Katy Clark, Jamie Greene, Russell Findlay.

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

Membership: Stuart McMillan, Bill Kidd, Paul Sweeney, Graham Simpson, Craig Hoy.

Economy and Fair Work Committee

Membership: Colin Beattie, Gordon Macdonald, Michelle Thomson, Fiona Hyslop, Lorna Slater, Claire Baker, Colin Smyth, Jamie Halcro Johnston, Alexander Burnett.

Education, Children and Young People Committee

Membership: Kaukab Stewart, Bob Doris, James Dornan, Fergus Ewing, Stephanie Callaghan, Ross Greer, Michael Marra, Beatrice Wishart, Oliver Mundell, Stephen Kerr.

Equalities, Human Rights and Civil Justice Committee

Membership: Joe FitzPatrick, Karen Adam, Fulton MacGregor, Maggie Chapman, Pam Duncan-Glancy, Alexander Stewart, Pam Gosal.

Finance and Public Administration Committee

Membership: Kenneth Gibson, Michelle Thomson, John Mason, Patrick Harvie, Daniel Johnson, Liz Smith, Douglas Lumsden.

Health, Social Care and Sport Committee

Membership: Gillian Martin, Emma Harper, Stephanie Callaghan, David Torrance, Evelyn Tweed, Gillian Mackay, Carol Mochan, Paul O’Kane, Annie Wells, Sandesh Gulhane.

Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee

Membership: Elena Whitham, Paul McLennan, Willie Coffey, Ariane Burgess, Mark Griffin, Miles Briggs, Meghan Gallacher.

Net Zero, Energy and Transport Committee

Membership: Fiona Hyslop, Natalie Don, Jackie Dunbar, Mark Ruskell, Monica Lennon, Liam Kerr, Dean Lockhart.

Public Audit Committee

Membership: Willie Coffey, Colin Beattie, Richard Leonard, Sharon Dowey, Craig Hoy.

Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural Environment Committee

Membership: Jenni Minto, Jim Fairlie, Alasdair Allan, Karen Adam, Ariane Burgess, Mercedes Villalba, Liam McArthur, Rachael Hamilton, Finlay Carson.

Social Justice and Social Security Committee

Membership: Neil Gray, Natalie Don, Emma Roddick, Marie McNair, Pam Duncan-Glancy, Foysol Choudhury, Miles Briggs, Jeremy Balfour.

Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee

Membership: Bob Doris, Paul McLennan, Martin Whitfield, Alexander Stewart, Edward Mountain.

That concludes decision time.

Meeting closed at 17:52.