Decision Time

– in the Scottish Parliament on 22nd September 2021.

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Photo of Alison Johnstone Alison Johnstone Green

There are seven questions to be put as a result of today’s business. I remind members that, if the amendment in the name of Graeme Dey is agreed to, the amendment in the name of Graham Simpson will fall.

The first question is, that amendment S6M-01300.2, in the name of Graeme Dey, which seeks to amend motion S6M-01300, in the name of Neil Bibby, on ScotRail, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

Division number 3 Decision Time

Aye: 68 MSPs

No: 53 MSPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Nos: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on amendment S6M-01300.2, in the name of Graeme Dey, is: For 68, Against 53, Abstentions 0.

Amendment agreed to.

As the amendment is agreed to, the amendment in the name of Graham Simpson falls.

The next question is, that motion S6M-01300, in the name of Neil Bibby, on ScotRail, as amended, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

The Presiding Officer:

There will be a division.

The vote is now closed.

Photo of Sharon Dowey Sharon Dowey Conservative

On a point of order, Presiding Officer. My device is not connecting. I would have voted no.

The Presiding Officer:

Thank you, Ms Dowey. We can record your vote on your behalf.

Division number 4 Decision Time

Aye: 68 MSPs

No: 53 MSPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Nos: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on motion S6M-01300, in the name of Neil Bibby, on ScotRail, as amended, is: For 68, Against 53, Abstentions 0.

Motion, as amended, agreed to,

That the Parliament welcomes the opportunity for decisions to be taken in the coming months that will shape the future of Scotland’s railways; acknowledges the opportunity to create a national rail service that meets the country’s needs and travel patterns by building back to pre-pandemic levels but also provides for expected future demand; thanks Scotland’s railway workers and staff for their commitment to keeping services running during unprecedented circumstances; recognises the financial challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, but also believes that staff should be paid fairly and expects the employer to lead dialogue with trade unions to resolve current industrial disputes, with the aim of restoring rail services and re-establishing mutually acceptable industrial relations; welcomes that 22 September 2021 is World Car Free Day, a day to promote and undertake alternatives to car use; notes that Scottish ministers are committed to an affordable, clean, green, reliable and modern railway that is publicly owned and accountable, and founded on Fair Work First criteria, with representation for staff and passengers in the governance of a new public sector operator, and recognises that the Scottish Government will set out a vision for the future of Scotland’s railways based on service improvement, fair work, the decarbonisation of passenger rail services and an increase in rail freight, to help meet Scotland’s net zero ambitions.

The next question is, that amendment S6M-01302.3, in the name of Humza Yousaf, which seeks to amend motion S6M-01302, in the name of Jackie Baillie, on taking action on the national health service and ambulance crisis, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

Division number 5 Decision Time

Aye: 68 MSPs

No: 53 MSPs

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Nos: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on amendment S6M-01302.3, in the name of Humza Yousaf, is: For 68, Against 53, Abstentions 0.

Amendment agreed to.

The next question is, that amendment S6M-01302.2, in the name of Sandesh Gulhane, which seeks to amend motion S6M-01302, in the name of Jackie Baillie, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

The Presiding Officer:

There will be a division.

The vote is now closed.

Photo of Rhoda Grant Rhoda Grant Labour

On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I was unable to vote. If I had voted, I would have voted yes.

The Presiding Officer:

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

Photo of Michelle Thomson Michelle Thomson Scottish National Party

On a point of order, Presiding Officer. My connection dropped and I was unable to vote. I would have voted no.

The Presiding Officer:

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

I call Siobhian Brown for a point of order.

Regrettably, we are unable to hear from Siobhian Brown.

Division number 6 Decision Time

Aye: 53 MSPs

No: 67 MSPs

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Nos: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the vote on amendment S6M-01302.2, in the name of Sandesh Gulhane, is: For 53, Against 67, Abstentions 0.

Amendment disagreed to.

The next question is, that motion S6M-01302, in the name of Jackie Baillie, on taking action on the NHS and ambulance crisis, as amended, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

Division number 7 Decision Time

Aye: 70 MSPs

No: 51 MSPs

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The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on motion S6M-01302, in the name of Jackie Baillie, on taking action on the NHS and ambulance crisis, as amended, is: For 70, Against 51, Abstentions 0.

Motion, as amended, agreed to,

That the Parliament thanks the Scottish Ambulance Service paramedics, technicians, call handlers and other frontline workers who are under significant stress as they cope with the current pressures on the health service; recognises that excessively long waits for an ambulance can lead to worse outcomes for patients, and that the Scottish Government and Scottish Ambulance Service have apologised to people who have experienced long waits; notes that the Scottish Government has previously invested an additional £20 million to increase staff capacity in the ambulance service by almost 300; welcomes that an extra £20 million is now being invested to increase capacity further, including funding military personnel, recruiting additional Hospital Ambulance Liaison Officers, working with NHS boards to create Temporary Admission Wards and aiming to recruit 100 paramedic students to help alleviate the current pressures on ambulance staff, NHS workers and patients; further notes that the steps outlined by the health secretary will help alleviate pressure on the service in the immediate term and looking ahead to the winter; commends military personnel and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, which are providing driving support to the ambulance service in order to free up paramedic and technician time; supports the additional investment of £500,000 to improve ambulance service staff welfare, and the ongoing discussions between the board and trade unions to develop a rest break action plan and put it in place as quickly as possible.

I propose to ask a single question on four Parliamentary Bureau motions. Does any member object?

As no member objects, the question is, that motions S6M-01329, S6M-01330, S6M-01332 and S6M-01333, in the name of George Adam, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, be agreed to.

Motions agreed to,

That the Parliament agrees that the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Requirements) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2021 (SSI 2021/299) be approved.

That the Parliament agrees that the Provision of Early Learning and Childcare (Specified Children) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Order 2021 [draft] be approved.

That the Parliament agrees that—

Katy Clark be appointed as the Scottish Labour Party substitute on the Public Audit Committee;

Paul Sweeney be appointed as the Scottish Labour Party substitute on the Economy and Fair Work Committee;

Rhoda Grant be appointed as the Scottish Labour Party substitute on the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee;

Colin Smyth be appointed as the Scottish Labour Party substitute on the Finance and Public Administration Committee;

Claire Baker be appointed as the Scottish Labour Party substitute on the Constitution, Europe, External Affairs and Culture Committee;

Paul O’Kane be appointed as the Scottish Labour Party substitute on the Equalities, Human Rights and Civil Justice Committee;

Carol Mochan be appointed as the Scottish Labour Party substitute on the Citizen Participation and Public Petitions Committee;

Rhoda Grant be appointed as the Scottish Labour Party substitute on the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee;

Jackie Baillie be appointed as the Scottish Labour Party substitute on the COVID-19 Recovery Committee;

Jackie Baillie be appointed as the Scottish Labour Party substitute on the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee;

Martin Whitfield be appointed as the Scottish Labour Party substitute on the Education, Children and Young People Committee;

Mercedes Villalba be appointed as the Scottish Labour Party substitute on the Net Zero, Energy and Transport Committee;

Daniel Johnson be appointed as the Scottish Labour Party substitute on the Criminal Justice Committee;

Mark Griffin be appointed as the Scottish Labour Party substitute on the Social Justice and Social Security Committee;

Sarah Boyack be appointed as the Scottish Labour Party substitute on the Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee;

Jamie Halcro Johnston be appointed to replace Tess White as the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party substitute on the Finance and Public Administration Committee;

Russell Findlay be appointed to replace Sue Webber as the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party substitute on the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee;

Sue Webber be appointed to replace Maurice Golden as the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party substitute on the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee.

That the Parliament agrees that, between 1 February 2022 and 31 January 2023, the Office of the Clerk will be open on all days except: Saturdays and Sundays, 15 April, 18 April, 2 May, 27 May, 2 June, 3 June, 16 September, 2 December, 23 December, 26 December and 27 December 2022, and 2 and 3 January 2023.

That concludes decision time.

Members’ business will be published tomorrow, 23 September 2021, as soon as the text is available.