Decision Time

– in the Scottish Parliament at on 26 April 2022.

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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.

The first question is, that amendment S6M-04138.2, in the name of Oliver Mundell, which seeks to amend motion S6M-04138, in the name of Shirley-Anne Somerville, on reducing the cost of the school day for low-income families, 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.

17:01 Meeting suspended.

17:05 On resuming—

The question is, that motion S6M-04138.2, in the name of Oliver Mundell, be agreed to. Members should cast their votes now.

Division number 1 Decision Time

Aye: 48 MSPs

No: 64 MSPs

Aye: A-Z by last name

No: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division is: For 48, Against 64, Abstentions 0.

Amendment disagreed to.

The next question is, that amendment S6M-04138.1, in the name of Michael Marra, which seeks to amend motion S6M-04138, in the name of Shirley-Anne Somerville, on reducing the cost of the school day for low-income families, be agreed to.

Amendment agreed to.

The next question is, that motion S6M-04138, in the name of Shirley-Anne Somerville, on reducing the cost of the school day for low-income families, as amended, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

The Presiding Officer:

There will be a division.

I call Angus Robertson for a point of order.

Photo of Carol Mochan Carol Mochan Labour

On a point of order, Presiding Officer. [

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The Presiding Officer:

Ms Mochan, how do you wish to vote?

I apologise to Carol Mochan and Angus Robertson; we are obviously having an issue with connection, at the moment.

Division number 2 Decision Time

Aye: 80 MSPs

No: 29 MSPs

Aye: A-Z by last name

No: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division is: For 80, Against 29, Abstentions 0.

Motion

, as amended, agreed to,

That the Parliament recognises the actions being taken to support children and young people in low-income families to access school education; notes that Scottish Government commitments include expansion of free school meals, provision of free school milk, removal of core curriculum charges, ensuring low-income families do not face costs for curriculum-related trips, abolition of fees for instrumental music tuition, increasing the school clothing grant, producing guidance to reduce school uniform costs, provision of a digital device and connectivity to every pupil, and services to support income maximisation, and recognises that this complements the wide range of policy initiatives set out in the Scottish Government’s Child Poverty Strategy for Scotland, to maximise household resources and improve children’s wellbeing and life chances; believes that accessible childcare is critical to poverty reduction to ensure access to education and the labour market, that this must be full wrap-around, affordable provision with qualified staff, and centred on the needs of the child; recognises that extracurricular and after-school activities are key to the mental health of young people, as well as ensuring children have a wide range of skills, but that this must be affordable and accessible to all children, particularly those from low-income backgrounds; calls for the Scottish Government to ensure the universal availability of summer clubs with activities, learning and free school meals, and further calls for the publication of up-to-date baseline data on child poverty, as well as a post-COVID-19 pandemic assessment of the health of the early years sector.

The final question is, that motion S6M-04115, in the name of Clare Haughey, on the British Sign Language Bill, which is United Kingdom legislation, be agreed to.

Motion agreed to,

That the Parliament agrees that the relevant provisions of the British Sign Language Bill, introduced in the House of Commons on 16 June 2021, relating to the encouragement of the use of British Sign Language, so far as they fall within the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament, should be considered by the UK Parliament.

That concludes decision time.

Members’ business will be published tomorrow, 27 April 2022, as soon as the text is available.