Decision Time

– in the Scottish Parliament at on 20 April 2022.

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Photo of Alison Johnstone Alison Johnstone Green

There are nine questions to be put as a result of today’s business. I remind members that, if the amendment in the name of Shona Robison is agreed to, the amendment in the name of Liz Smith will fall.

The first question is, that amendment S6M-04050.3, in the name of Shona Robison, which seeks to amend motion S6M-04050, in the name of Alex Cole-Hamilton, on economy: cost of living crisis, 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.

17:46 Meeting suspended.

17:49 On resuming—

The question is, that amendment S6M-04050.3, in the name of Shona Robison, be agreed to. Members should cast their votes now.

Division number 1 Decision Time

Aye: 66 MSPs

No: 51 MSPs

Aye: A-Z by last name

No: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division is: For 66, Against 51, Abstentions 0.

Amendment agreed to.

Therefore, amendment S6M-04050.1, in the name of Liz Smith, falls.

The next question is, that amendment S6M-04050.2, in the name of Pam Duncan-Glancy, which seeks to amend motion S6M-04050, in the name of Alex Cole-Hamilton, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

The Presiding Officer:

There will be a division.

The vote is now closed.

Photo of Jamie Greene Jamie Greene Conservative

On a point of order, Presiding Officer. My app crashed, but I would have voted no.

The Presiding Officer:

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

Division number 2 Decision Time

Aye: 23 MSPs

No: 93 MSPs

Aye: A-Z by last name

No: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division is: For 23, Against 93, Abstentions 0.

Amendment disagreed to.

The next question is, that motion S6M-04050, in the name of Alex Cole-Hamilton, on economy: cost of living crisis, as amended, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

Division number 3 Decision Time

Aye: 65 MSPs

No: 51 MSPs

Aye: A-Z by last name

No: A-Z by last name

Abstained: 1 MSP

Abstained: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division is: For 65, Against 51, Abstentions 1.

Motion, as amended, agreed to,

That the Parliament recognises the increasing pressures facing households during the current cost of living crisis; welcomes the significant actions taken by the Scottish Government to mitigate those pressures within the scope of devolved powers and budgets, and that these include doubling the Scottish Child Payment to £20 per week, with a further increase later in 2022, uprating eight Scottish benefits by 6%, mitigating where possible the impact of the UK Government’s so-called bedroom tax and benefit cap, substantially increasing free childcare, introducing free bus travel for under-22s, committing to a Fair Fares review, including the pricing of public transport and the availability of concessions and discounts, a £1.8 billion programme of heating and home energy efficiency in the current parliamentary session, an extension of eligibility for Warmer Homes Scotland, the expansion of Home Energy Scotland advice services, and increased grants for area-based schemes; recognises that, after these actions, considerable challenges to cost-of-living pressures remain, resulting from a combination of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Brexit and the UK Government’s failures to tackle spiralling energy costs, its removal of the £20 Universal Credit top-up, its failure to uprate benefits and pensions in line with current inflation, and its introduction of increased taxes on working people; calls on the UK Government to use its powers to reverse the National Insurance increase, increase benefits, increase all bands of the minimum wage to at least the real living wage, and tackle energy prices and increase UK-wide energy efficiency schemes, and further calls on the UK Government to put in place a windfall tax on excess profits made by large companies, including fossil fuel producers, to provide immediate financial help for families impacted by the cost of living crisis, or to transfer the powers to do so to the Scottish Parliament so that it can fully address the cost of living crisis and meet the needs of the people of Scotland.

The next question is, that amendment S6M-04051.3, in the name of Ivan McKee, which seeks to amend motion S6M-04051, in the name of Alex Cole-Hamilton, on economy: ferries, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

Division number 4 Decision Time

Aye: 66 MSPs

No: 51 MSPs

Aye: A-Z by last name

No: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division is: For 66, Against 51, Abstentions 0.

Amendment agreed to.

The next question is, that amendment S6M-04051.1, in the name of Graham Simpson, which seeks to amend motion S6M-04051, in the name of Alex Cole-Hamilton, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

The Presiding Officer:

There will be a division.

The vote is now closed

Photo of Foysol Choudhury Foysol Choudhury Labour

On a point of order, Presiding Officer. My system went down. I would have voted yes.

The Presiding Officer:

We will ensure that that is recorded.

Photo of Stephanie Callaghan Stephanie Callaghan Scottish National Party

On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I do not think that my vote registered, but I would have voted no.

The Presiding Officer:

I can confirm that your vote was recorded, Ms Callaghan.

Division number 5 Decision Time

Aye: 51 MSPs

No: 66 MSPs

Aye: A-Z by last name

No: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division is: For 51, Against 66, Abstentions 0.

Amendment disagreed to.

The next question is, that amendment S6M-04051.2, in the name of Neil Bibby, which seeks to amend motion S6M-04051, in the name of Alex Cole-Hamilton, on economy: ferries, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

Division number 6 Decision Time

Aye: 51 MSPs

No: 66 MSPs

Aye: A-Z by last name

No: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division is: For 51, Against 66, Abstentions 0.

Amendment disagreed to.

The next question is, that motion S6M-04051, in the name of Alex Cole-Hamilton, on economy: ferries, as amended, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

Division number 7 Decision Time

Aye: 65 MSPs

No: 52 MSPs

Aye: A-Z by last name

No: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division is: For 65, Against 52, Abstentions 0.

Motion, as amended, agreed to,

That the Parliament supports the Scottish Government’s decision to deliver vessels 801 and 802 to serve island communities; recognises that saving Ferguson Marine from closure preserved over 300 skilled jobs and maintained commercial shipbuilding on the Clyde; notes with regret the delays to the completion of 801 and 802, but acknowledges recent progress with the updated schedule; further notes the continued significant investment that the Scottish Government is making to ferry services to support lifeline services and remote communities, including the completion of the procurement of two new vessels to serve Islay; notes that the Scottish Government has made available to the Parliament and published significant information, in line with the commitment to open government, to allow the public to understand and contribute to the debate, with the proactive release of 210 documents, and recognises that much of the recent debate relates to information that has been in the public domain for two years.

I propose to put a single question on two Parliamentary Bureau motions, if no member objects.

The question is, that motions S6M-04080 and S6M-04081, in the name of George Adam, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, on approval of Scottish statutory instruments, be agreed to.

Motions agreed to.

That the Parliament agrees that the Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2022 [draft] be approved.

That the Parliament agrees that the Prohibition of Smoking Outside Hospital Buildings (Scotland) Regulations 2022 [draft] be approved.

That concludes decision time.

Members’ business will be published tomorrow, 21 April 2022, as soon as the text is available.