Decision Time

– in the Scottish Parliament at on 27 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. I remind members that if the amendment in the name of Liz Smith is agreed to, the amendment in the name of Daniel Johnson will fall.

The first question is, that amendment S6M-04159.1, in the name of Liz Smith, which seeks to amend motion S6M-04159, in the name of Richard Lochhead, on the UK shared prosperity fund: implications for Scotland, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

The Presiding Officer:

There will be a division.

The vote is now closed.

Photo of Martin Whitfield Martin Whitfield Labour

On a point of order, Presiding Officer. The voting app did not work on my device. I would have voted no.

The Presiding Officer:

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

Division number 3 Decision Time

Aye: 28 MSPs

No: 82 MSPs

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No: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on amendment S6M-04159.1, in the name of Liz Smith, is: For 28, Against 82, Abstentions 0.

Amendment disagreed to.

The next question is, that amendment S6M-04159.2, in the name of Daniel Johnson, which seeks to amend motion S6M-04159, in the name of Richard Lochhead, on UK shared prosperity fund: implications for Scotland, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

There will be a division.

The vote is now closed.

There is a point of order from Rachael Hamilton. [Interruption.] I apologise, Ms Hamilton. We appear to be unable to connect with you at the moment.

Division number 4 Decision Time

Aye: 19 MSPs

No: 91 MSPs

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No: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on amendment S6M-04159.2, in the name of Daniel Johnson, is: For 19, Against 91, Abstentions 0.

Amendment disagreed to.

The next question is, that motion S6M-04159, in the name of Richard Lochhead, on the UK shared prosperity fund and its implications for Scotland, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

There will be a division.

Division number 5 Decision Time

Aye: 81 MSPs

No: 28 MSPs

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No: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division is: For 81, Against 28, Abstentions 0.

Motion agreed to,

That the Parliament agrees that the UK Government’s Shared Prosperity Fund fails to meet the Conservative manifesto commitment to replace Scotland’s EU Structural Funds in full; understands that Scotland will receive only £212 million, which is £337 million short of the £549 million estimated to be an appropriate replacement for EU Structural Funds, and calls on the UK Government to immediately increase the value of the fund to at least the level provided previously by Scotland’s EU Structural Funds; believes that the failure to do this will leave communities and third sector organisations across Scotland without important resources needed to tackle poverty and inequality; further believes that the lack of decision making for the Scottish Government in the governance of the Fund undermines devolution; considers that this approach will fail Scotland’s communities, which have benefited substantially from decades of EU investment, and further calls on the UK Government to fully devolve control of the Fund to the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Government.

I propose to ask a single question on four Parliamentary Bureau motions. As no member objects, the final question is, that motions S6M-04178, on approval of a statutory instrument, S6M-04179 and S6M-04180, on designation of lead committees, and S6M-04181, on committee meeting times, all in the name of George Adam, be agreed to.

Motions agreed to,

That the Parliament agrees that the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (Amendment) Order 2022 [draft] be approved.

That the Parliament agrees that the Education, Children and Young People Committee be designated as the lead committee in consideration of the Disabled Children and Young People (Transitions to Adulthood) (Scotland) Bill at stage 1.

That the Parliament agrees that the Criminal Justice Committee be designated as the lead committee in consideration of the legislative consent memorandum in relation to the Online Safety Bill (UK Legislation).

That the Parliament agrees that, under Rule 12.3.3B of Standing Orders, the Public Audit Committee can meet, if necessary, at the same time as a meeting of the Parliament between 11.40 am and 12.00 pm on Thursday 28 April 2022.

That concludes decision time—

Photo of Brian Whittle Brian Whittle Conservative

On a point of order, Presiding Officer.

At today’s portfolio question time, we had a significant number of Government responses that had little to do with the questions that were asked, along with Government back benchers asking supplementary questions, which, again, had little or nothing in common with the original question. It seems to me that every response now pivots to include Westminster or independence, no matter the topic. I appreciate that political spin—[Interruption.] Okay, laugh it up—honestly, you are a shocking bunch of nonsense. [Interruption.]

The Presiding Officer:

Can we have silence, please, to hear Mr Whittle? Thank you.

Photo of Brian Whittle Brian Whittle Conservative

I appreciate that political spin will always be part of this place but, fundamentally, we are here to represent our communities, and surely that has to remain a significant element of what we do here. We bring questions from our constituents to the Government in the hope of getting answers for them but, quite frankly, these sessions are becoming absolutely farcical and the Government is treating the Parliament with contempt.

I seek your advice, Presiding Officer, on how we can bring the questions in the chamber back to what they were designed for.

The Presiding Officer:

I thank Mr Whittle for his point of order. I have not had an opportunity to view the session to which he refers. As he will be aware, the content of ministerial answers is not ordinarily a matter for me. However, I expect, as a matter of courtesy and respect, that answers will address the questions. It is also very important that supplementary questions are linked to the substantive question.

That concludes decision time. We now move on to members’ business. I would be grateful if members could leave the chamber quietly.

Members’ business will be published tomorrow, 28 April 2022, as soon as the text is available.