Decision Time

– in the Scottish Parliament on 2nd September 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. The first is that amendment S6M-01003.2, in the name of Donald Cameron, which seeks to amend motion S6M-01003, in the name of Angus Robertson, on supporting the people of Afghanistan, 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.

16:59 Meeting suspended.

17:03 On resuming—

Members should cast their votes now on amendment S6M-01003.2, in the name of Donald Cameron, which seeks to amend motion S6M-01003, in the name of Angus Robertson, on supporting the people of Afghanistan.

The vote is closed.

Division number 1 Decision Time

Aye: 29 MSPs

No: 93 MSPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Nos: A-Z by last name

Photo of Alison Johnstone Alison Johnstone Green

The result of the division on amendment S6M-01003.2, in the name of Donald Cameron, which seeks to amend motion S6M-01003, in the name of Angus Robertson, on supporting the people of Afghanistan, is: For 29, Against 93, Abstentions 0.

Amendment disagreed to.

The Presiding Officer:

The next question is, that amendment S6M-010031.3, in the name of Sarah Boyack, which seeks to amend motion S6M-01003, in the name of Angus Robertson, on supporting the people of Afghanistan, be agreed to.

Amendment agreed to.

The question is, that amendment S6M-01003.1, in the name of Alex Cole-Hamilton, which seeks to amend motion S6M-01003, in the name of Angus Robertson, on supporting the people of Afghanistan, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

The Presiding Officer:

There will be a division.

The vote is closed.

Photo of Michelle Thomson Michelle Thomson Scottish National Party

On a point of order, Presiding Officer, my app did not resurrect itself and I was unable to register my vote. I would have voted yes.

The Presiding Officer:

Thank you. We will record your vote, Ms Thomson.

Photo of Sharon Dowey Sharon Dowey Conservative

On a point of order, Presiding Officer, the app has not taken my vote. I would have voted no.

The Presiding Officer:

We will ensure that that is recorded.

Division number 2 Decision Time

Aye: 93 MSPs

No: 29 MSPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Nos: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on amendment S6M-01003.1, in the name of Alex Cole-Hamilton, which seeks to amend motion S6M-01003, in the name of Angus Robertson, on supporting the people of Afghanistan, is: For 93, Against 29, Abstentions 0.

Amendment agreed to.

The final question is, that motion S6M-01003, in the name of Angus Robertson, on supporting the people of Afghanistan, as amended, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

Division number 3 Decision Time

Aye: 93 MSPs

No: 29 MSPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Nos: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on motion S6M-01003, in the name of Angus Robertson, on supporting the people of Afghanistan, as amended, is: For 93, Against 29, Abstentions 0.

Motion, as amended, agreed to,

That the Parliament records its alarm at the humanitarian and human rights crisis in Afghanistan following the return of the Taliban; further records its deep concern about the threat to life, liberty, equality, and human rights to all in Afghanistan and, in particular, for women and girls and minority communities; commends the Armed Forces, service personnel, and humanitarian agencies involved in supporting people during the evacuation; notes the UK’s long history of involvement with, and intervention in, Afghanistan, and, in consequence, the obligation that the UK has to assist and support all those who are at risk of persecution or mistreatment as a result of the current crisis; recognises the lead role internationally that the UK Government must play in ensuring that aid continues to reach those who need it most and condemns the reduction in international aid by the UK Government from 0.7% of Gross National Income to 0.5%; urges the UK Government to ensure that those Afghans who have worked to provide critical aid assistance, uphold democracy, human rights and the rule of law in Afghanistan, can be allowed to settle in the UK alongside those who are at risk of violence and persecution as outlined in the UN Refugee Convention; recognises that Scotland has a duty to play a full role in assisting the resettlement and relocation of Afghans at risk and providing humanitarian assistance, and that anyone settling in Scotland will be welcome members of the community; recognises the importance of Scottish local authorities, community organisations and individual citizens in helping ensure a successful transition for every refugee; urges the UK Government to expand urgently its plans for the resettlement of 20,000 Afghan refugees, with a new plan to provide immediate sanctuary to people fleeing persecution, oppression and terror, instead of spreading assistance over five years; believes that the resettlement of 20,000 people should be the starting point instead of the final target, and urges the Scottish Government, in light of the immediate human need, to share proactively evidence of the number that it can resettle and provide effective support and services to, including the capacity to provide physical and mental healthcare, housing, guardians, translators and education, providing guarantees that the Scottish Government and public authorities across Scotland are ready to assist, in order to help persuade the UK Government to lift the overall cap and enable Scotland to provide sanctuary to thousands.

Meeting closed at 17:12.