Decision Time

– in the Scottish Parliament on 28th September 2021.

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There are four questions to be put as a result of today’s business. The first question is, that amendment S6M-01405.1, in the name of Miles Briggs, which seeks to amend motion S6M-01405, in the name of Shona Robison, on keeping the lifeline—a call to the United Kingdom Government to cancel its cut to universal credit, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

The Presiding Officer:

There will be a division.

There will be a short suspension to allow members to access the digital voting system.

17:03 Meeting suspended.

17:11 On resuming—

Members should cast their votes now.

The vote is now closed.

Division number 1 Decision Time

Aye: 28 MSPs

No: 88 MSPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Nos: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on amendment S6M-01405.1, in the name of Miles Briggs, which seeks to amend motion S6M-01405, in the name of Shona Robison, on keeping the lifeline—a call to the UK Government to cancel its cut to universal credit, is: For 28, Against 88, Abstentions 0.

Amendment disagreed to.

The next question is, that motion S6M-01405, in the name of Shona Robison, on keeping the lifeline—a call to cancel the cut to universal credit, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

There will be a division.

Division number 2 Decision Time

Aye: 88 MSPs

No: 28 MSPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Nos: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division is: For 88, Against 28, Abstentions 0.

Motion agreed to,

That the Parliament agrees, along with opposition parties in the UK Parliament, that the UK Government’s planned reduction to universal credit should be reversed; recognises the cross-party efforts of opposition parties in the UK Parliament and the social security committees of each of the four nations’ parliaments and assembly in this aim; notes Scottish Government analysis that the reduction of universal credit could reduce welfare expenditure in Scotland by £461 million a year by 2023-24 and push 60,000 people, including 20,000 children, into poverty; agrees that the inadequacy of the payment is just one of many issues with universal credit, alongside the two-child cap and the abhorrent so-called “rape clause”, the five-week wait for a first payment, the benefit sanctions regime and the so-called “bedroom tax”; believes that this reflects the UK Government’s uncompassionate approach to welfare, which has been challenged by opposition parties across the UK, and acknowledges Scotland’s human rights-based approach to social security.

The next question is, that motion S6M-01397, in the name of Michael Matheson, on the appointment of the chief executive of Environmental Standards Scotland, be agreed to.

Motion agreed to,

That the Parliament welcomes the statutory vesting of Environmental Standards Scotland, the new environmental governance body for Scotland, which will ensure that high standards of environmental governance are maintained, and approves the Scottish Ministers’ appointment of Brendan Callaghan as the first chief executive of Environmental Standards Scotland, as required by the UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Continuity) (Scotland) Act 2021, and as communicated to the Net Zero, Energy and Transport Committee by correspondence on 6 September 2021 by the Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Energy and Transport.

I propose to ask a single question on two Parliamentary Bureau motions unless any member objects.

As no member has objected, the question is, that motions S6M-01432 and S6M-01433, in the name of George Adam, on approval of Scottish statutory instruments, be agreed to.

Motions agreed to,

That the Parliament agrees that the European Union and European Atomic Energy Community (Immunities and Privileges) (Scotland) Order 2021 [draft] be approved.

That the Parliament agrees that the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (Immunities and Privileges) (Scotland) Order 2021 [draft] be approved.

That concludes decision time.

Members’ business will be published tomorrow, Wednesday 29 September 2021, as soon as the text is available.