Decision Time

– in the Scottish Parliament on 29th 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.

The first question is, that amendment S6M-01415.2, in the name of John Swinney, which seeks to amend motion S6M-01415, in the name of Douglas Ross, on halting the Covid-19 vaccine certification scheme, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

Division number 2 Decision Time

Aye: 67 MSPs

No: 52 MSPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Nos: A-Z by last name

Abstained: 1 MSP

Abstaineds: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on amendment S6M-01415.2, in the name of John Swinney, which seeks to amend motion S6M-01415, in the name of Douglas Ross, on halting the Covid-19 vaccine certification scheme, is: For 67, Against 52, Abstentions 1.

Amendment agreed to.

The next question is, that amendment S6M-01415.1, in the name of Daniel Johnson, which seeks to amend motion S6M-01415, in the name of Douglas Ross, on halting the Covid-19 vaccine certification scheme, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

Division number 3 Decision Time

Aye: 52 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-01415.1 is: For 52, Against 67, Abstentions 0.

Amendment disagreed to.

The next question is, that motion S6M-01415, in the name of Douglas Ross, on halting the Covid-19 vaccine certification scheme, 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 Michelle Thomson Michelle Thomson Scottish National Party

On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I lost connection to my mobile application. I would have voted yes.

The Presiding Officer:

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

Division number 4 Decision Time

Aye: 67 MSPs

No: 53 MSPs

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Nos: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on motion S6M-01415, in the name of Douglas Ross, on halting the Covid-19 vaccine certification scheme, as amended, is: For 67, Against 53, Abstentions 0.

Motion, as amended, agreed to,

That the Parliament commends the extraordinary effort of vaccination teams throughout Scotland, which means that, as of 24 September 2021, 86% of eligible over-18-year-olds were double-vaccinated against COVID-19; recognises that case numbers remain too high and that action is needed from all sectors to ensure that baseline COVID-19 measures are rigorously implemented; acknowledges that a number of other countries have introduced COVID-19 certification schemes, that the Welsh Government has plans to introduce a vaccine certification scheme in Wales, and that it is part of winter contingency planning by the UK Government for England; believes that, in line with the Scottish Government’s strategic intent, a COVID-19 vaccine certification scheme can provide a targeted means to maximise Scotland’s ability to keep certain higher-risk settings open, while reducing the impact of transmission and encouraging the remaining sections of the population, including those who may be vaccine hesitant, to get vaccinated; recognises that the Parliament has already endorsed a certification scheme; supports the implementation of a COVID-19 vaccine certification scheme; agrees that the scheme will apply to late night venues between the hours of 00:00 and 05:00 with music, alcohol and dancing, indoor unseated live events with 500 or more attendees, outdoor unseated live events with 4,000 or more attendees, and all events with 10,000 or more attendees; notes that measures are being taken to ensure digital inclusivity and to ensure that disabled people are not disproportionately impacted, and agrees that this scheme will be kept under review.

I remind members that, if the amendment in the name of Angela Constance is agreed to, the amendment in the name of Claire Baker will fall.

The question is, that amendment S6M-01416.3, in the name of Angela Constance, which seeks to amend motion S6M-01416, in the name of Sandesh Gulhane, on a legal right to recovery, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

The Presiding Officer:

There will be a division.

The vote is now closed.

Photo of Clare Haughey Clare Haughey Scottish National Party

On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I lost connection, and I would have voted yes.

The Presiding Officer:

Thank you, Ms Haughey. I confirm that your vote was recorded.

Division number 5 Decision Time

Aye: 67 MSPs

No: 32 MSPs

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Nos: A-Z by last name

Abstained: 21 MSPs

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on amendment S6M-01416.3, in the name of Angela Constance, which seeks to amend motion S6M-01416, in the name of Sandesh Gulhane, on a legal right to recovery, is: For 67, Against 32, Abstentions 21.

Amendment agreed to.

As the amendment is agreed to, the amendment in the name of Claire Baker falls.

The next question is, that motion S6M-01416, in the name of Sandesh Gulhane, on a legal right to recovery, as amended, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

Division number 6 Decision Time

Aye: 92 MSPs

No: 28 MSPs

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The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on motion S6M-01416, in the name of Sandesh Gulhane, on a legal right to recovery, as amended, is: For 92, Against 28, Abstentions 0.

Motion, as amended, agreed to,

That the Parliament believes that record drug deaths in Scotland are a humanitarian crisis and public health emergency; offers its condolences to the thousands of families across Scotland who are grieving the loss of loved ones to drugs; believes that the Scottish Parliament and the UK Parliament should consider any proposal that is based in evidence and that can play a part in saving lives, including the right to recovery and harm reduction approaches; recognises that addressing drugs misuse must primarily be taken forward as a public health matter; supports that the £250 million investment to help address drugs deaths will support residential rehabilitation, community rehabilitation, Medication-Assisted Treatment standards, and a range of approaches to reduce harm; understands that prosecution policy is decided independently by the Lord Advocate and is not set by the Scottish Government or the Parliament; notes that experiences from other nations such as Portugal show that diversion from prosecution for drug possession towards support or treatment services can be an opportunity to ensure better outcomes for some of the most vulnerable people in society.

If no one objects, I propose to ask a single question on the four Parliamentary Bureau motions.

The question is, that motions S6M-01439 to S6M-01442, 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) (International Travel) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 17) Regulations 2021 (SSI 2021/301) be approved.

That the Parliament agrees that the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (International Travel) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 18) Regulations 2021 (SSI 2021/307) be approved.

That the Parliament agrees that the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (International Travel) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 19) Regulations 2021 (SSI 2021/319) be approved.

That the Parliament agrees that—

Colin Smyth be appointed as the Scottish Labour Party substitute on the Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural Environment Committee.

That concludes decision time.

Members’ business will be published tomorrow, Thursday 30 September 2021, as soon as the text is available.