Business Motion

– in the Scottish Parliament on 22nd June 2021.

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The Presiding Officer:

The next item of business is consideration of business motion S6M-00397, in the name of George Adam, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, setting out the timetable for the Coronavirus (Extension and Expiry) (Scotland) Bill.

Motion moved,

That, subject to the Parliament’s agreement that the Coronavirus (Extension and Expiry) (Scotland) Bill be treated as an Emergency Bill, the Parliament agrees to consider the Coronavirus (Extension and Expiry) (Scotland) Bill as follows—

Stage 1 on Tuesday 22 June;

Stage 2 on Wednesday 23 June; and

Stage 3 on Thursday 24 June.—[George Adam]

Stephen Kerr would like to speak on the motion.

Photo of Stephen Kerr Stephen Kerr Conservative

There is no case for bypassing due process. The laws do not need to be renewed, pushed or steamrollered through the Parliament, because the provisions of the acts do not expire until the very last day of September. There should be proper consultation, and Parliament should have adequate time to scrutinise the bill. The Conservatives oppose the motion.

Photo of George Adam George Adam Scottish National Party

I feel as though I am in “Groundhog Day”. I will go through the process again.

The process has been discussed at length in the bureau, where we discussed how we would take the bill forward. For Mr Kerr to say that the bill is being bounced and rushed through is complete and utter nonsense. We are wasting time that we could be using to discuss the matter itself—that is more important to the people of Scotland.

The Presiding Officer:

The question is, that motion S6M-00397, in the name of George Adam, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

There will be a division.

Division number 2 Business Motion

Aye: 85 MSPs

No: 31 MSPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Nos: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on motion S6M-00397, in the name of George Adam, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, setting out the timetable for the Coronavirus (Extension and Expiry) (Scotland) Bill is: For 85, Against 31, Abstentions 0.

Motion agreed to,

That, subject to the Parliament’s agreement that the Coronavirus (Extension and Expiry) (Scotland) Bill be treated as an Emergency Bill, the Parliament agrees to consider the Coronavirus (Extension and Expiry) (Scotland) Bill as follows—

Stage 1 on Tuesday 22 June;

Stage 2 on Wednesday 23 June; and

Stage 3 on Thursday 24 June.