Decision Time

– in the Scottish Parliament on 16th 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. I remind members that if the amendment in the name of Miles Briggs is agreed to, the amendment in the name of Pam Duncan-Glancy will fall.

The first question is, that amendment S6M-01248.1, in the name of Miles Briggs, which seeks to amend motion S6M-01248, in the name of Shona Robison, on supporting a fairer and more equal society, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

The Presiding Officer:

There will be a division. We will suspend the meeting to allow access to the digital voting system before voting.

17:02 Meeting suspended.

17:07 On resuming—

I remind members that, if the amendment in the name of Miles Briggs is agreed to, the amendment in the name of Pam Duncan-Glancy will fall.

We move to the vote on amendment S6M-01248.1.

The vote is now closed.

Photo of Sarah Boyack Sarah Boyack Labour

On a point of order, Presiding Officer, my machine would not connect in time. I would have abstained. Thank you.

The Presiding Officer:

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

Division number 1 Decision Time

Aye: 33 MSPs

No: 65 MSPs

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Nos: A-Z by last name

Abstained: 20 MSPs

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on amendment S6M-01248.1, in the name of Miles Briggs, is: For 33, Against 65, Abstentions 20.

Amendment disagreed to.

The next question is, that amendment S6M-01248.2, in the name of Pam Duncan-Glancy, which seeks to amend motion S6M-01248, in the name of Shona Robison, on supporting a fairer and more equal society, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

The Presiding Officer:

There will be a division.

The vote is now closed.

Photo of Graeme Dey Graeme Dey Scottish National Party

On a point of order, Presiding Officer. Apologies—I am having problems with the app. I would have voted no.

The Presiding Officer:

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

I call Jim Fairlie for a point of order.

Regrettably, a connectivity issue means that we cannot hear from Mr Fairlie at this time.

Division number 2 Decision Time

Aye: 25 MSPs

No: 93 MSPs

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Nos: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on amendment S6M-01248.2, in the name of Pam Duncan-Glancy, is: For 25, Against 93, Abstentions 0.

Motion disagreed to.

The next question is, that motion S6M-01248, in the name of Shona Robison, on supporting a fairer and more equal society, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

Division number 3 Decision Time

Aye: 67 MSPs

No: 30 MSPs

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Nos: A-Z by last name

Abstained: 20 MSPs

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on motion S6M-01248, in the name of Shona Robison, on supporting a fairer and more equal society, is: For 67, Against 30, Abstentions 20.

Motion agreed to,

That the Parliament welcomes the ambitious programme of work laid out in the Programme for Government to create a fairer society; agrees that tackling child poverty is a national mission and recognises Scottish Government actions, including doubling the Scottish Child Payment as early as possible within the current parliamentary session, new bridging payments until the Payment is rolled out to under-16s, increasing access to advice services to maximise incomes, expansion of free school meals provision, new statutory guidance to reduce the costs of school uniforms, supporting working parents with a system of wraparound childcare for school-age children and an investment of £1 billion over the session to tackle the poverty-related attainment gap; welcomes the Scottish Government’s commitment to expand early learning and childcare to one- and two-year-olds, starting with those from low-income households; further welcomes the continuation of the ambitious social security programme, including the doubling of Carer’s Allowance Supplement this year and the introduction of new disability benefits; recognises the ambitious programme of work to ensure that everyone has the right to a safe warm affordable home; welcomes the new deal for tenants; acknowledges the work needed to be done to embed and advance equality, inclusion and human rights across society, and commits to working together during Scotland’s recovery from COVID-19 in order to build a fairer and more equal society.

The final question is, that legislative consent motion S6M-01243, in the name of Ben Macpherson, on the Social Security (Up-rating of Benefits) Bill, which is United Kingdom legislation, be agreed to.

Motion agreed to,

That the Parliament agrees that the relevant provisions of the Social Security (Up-rating of Benefits) Bill, introduced in the House of Commons on 8 September 2021, relating to Industrial Death Benefit, so far as these matters fall within the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament, or executive competence of Scottish Ministers should be considered by the UK Parliament.

Meeting closed at 17:20.