Business Motions

– in the Scottish Parliament on 22nd June 2022.

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Photo of Alison Johnstone Alison Johnstone Green

The next item of business is consideration of business motion S6M-05144, in the name of George Adam, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, setting out a business programme.

Motion moved,

That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—

Tuesday 28 June 2022

2.00 pm Time for Reflection followed by

Parliamentary Bureau Motions followed by

Topical Questions (if selected) followed by

Ministerial Statement: Independence Referendum followed by

Stage 3 Proceedings: Coronavirus (Recovery and Reform) (Scotland) Bill followed by

Committee Announcements followed by

Business Motions followed by

Parliamentary Bureau Motions

7.30 pm Decision Time followed by

Members’ Business

Wednesday 29 June 2022

2.00 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions

2.00 pm Portfolio Questions:

Covid Recovery and Parliamentary Business;

Net Zero, Energy and Transport;

Rural Affairs and Islands followed by

Ministerial Statement: Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan – Fourth Year Progress Report (2021-22) followed by

Scottish Government Debate: Northern Ireland Protocol Bill followed by

Stage 3 Debate: Fireworks and Pyrotechnic Articles (Scotland) Bill followed by

Business Motions followed by

Parliamentary Bureau Motions followed by

Approval of SSIs (if required)

6.15 pm Decision Time followed by

Members’ Business

Thursday 30 June 2022

11.40 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

11.40 am General Questions

12.00 pm First Minister's Questions

12.45 pm Decision Time followed by

Members’ Business

Tuesday 6 September 2022

2.00 pm Time for Reflection followed by

Parliamentary Bureau Motions followed by

Topical Questions (if selected) followed by

Scottish Government Business followed by

Committee Announcements followed by

Business Motions followed by

Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time followed by

Members’ Business

Wednesday 7 September 2022

2.00 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions

2.00 pm Portfolio Questions:

Health and Social Care;

Social Justice, Housing and Local Government followed by

Scottish Government Business followed by

Business Motions followed by

Parliamentary Bureau Motions followed by

Approval of SSIs (if required)

5.00 pm Decision Time followed by

Members’ Business

Thursday 8 September 2022

11.40 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

11.40 am General Questions

12.00 pm First Minister's Questions followed by

Members’ Business

2.30 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions

2.30 pm Portfolio Questions:

Constitution, External Affairs and Culture followed by

Scottish Government Business followed by

Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

(b) that, for the purposes of Portfolio Questions in the week beginning 27 June 2022, in rule 13.7.3, after the word “except” the words “to the extent to which the Presiding Officer considers that the questions are on the same or similar subject matter or” are inserted.—[

George Adam.

]

The Presiding Officer:

I call Stephen Kerr to speak to and move amendment S6M-05144.1.

Photo of Stephen Kerr Stephen Kerr Conservative

What I say, I say with the utmost respect for you, Presiding Officer, and for the office of Presiding Officer.

At last week’s Parliamentary Bureau meeting, the Minister for Parliamentary Business said, in essence, that the Scottish National Party Government will do as it pleases in relation to Parliament. It does and it will for as long as the Greens vote through its every decision.

It is important that people who are watching Parliament’s proceedings know that its business is not decided by the bureau but, instead, is dictated to the Parliament by Nicola Sturgeon and her Cabinet. That can be seen in the frequent last-minute changes to the business programme after Cabinet meetings—such as today’s utterly pointless statement from Angus Robertson—which trump the bureau’s previously agreed plans. Even the bureau’s business programme papers come with a stamp at the bottom of each page that reads, “Agreed at Cabinet”.

Sadly—I mean “sadly”—I have concluded that Parliament is set up in such a way as to protect the Executive and not scrutinise it. The Cabinet’s business motion adds an hour-long statement on an unwanted independence referendum on Tuesday, which pushes back consideration of the highly contentious Covid power grab bill until even later in the day. Then, on Wednesday, there is to be a 90-minute debate on reserved matters. That time could have been used to improve services for the people of Scotland using the many powers that are available to us in Parliament.

My amendment seeks to remove the grievance-mongering and would insert statements on important matters. Moreover, after weeks of avoidable late finishes, it would bring some consistency to decision time for MSPs with younger families. What happened to the lessons that were learned from MSPs standing down in 2021, citing the incompatibility of balancing Parliament with a family life? I refer to Gail Ross, Ruth Davidson and Jenny Marra, to name but a few. [

Interruption

.]

Photo of Stephen Kerr Stephen Kerr Conservative

Those lessons have been forgotten in favour of a business programme that is double stacked with rushed legislation and the First Minister’s grievance bingo card.

With Scotland’s public services in dire need of rescue, we do not support the Cabinet’s additions to next week’s business programme. Indeed, we cannot support a business programme that is forced on the Parliament by an uncompromising Nicola Sturgeon.

That is why I move amendment S6M-05144.1, to leave out from “followed by Ministerial Statement: Independence Referendum” to “followed by Scottish Government Debate: Northern Ireland Protocol Bill” and insert:

" followed by

Stage 3 Proceedings: Coronavirus (Recovery and Reform) (Scotland) Bill followed by

Committee Announcements followed by

Business Motions followed by

Parliamentary Bureau Motions

6.30 pm Decision Time followed by

Members’ Business

Wednesday 29 June 2022

2.00 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions

2.00 pm Portfolio Questions:

Covid Recovery and Parliamentary Business;

Net Zero, Energy and Transport;

Rural Affairs and Islands followed by

Ministerial Statement: Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan – Fourth Year Progress Report (2021-22) followed by

Ministerial Statement: Project Neptune followed by

Ministerial Statement: Moray Maternity Services Update followed by

Ministerial Statement: National Care Service (Scotland) Bill Introduction".

The Presiding Officer:

I call George Adam to respond on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau.

Photo of George Adam George Adam Scottish National Party

We discussed all that at length at the Parliamentary Bureau and, as always, I tried to be accommodating to Opposition members. I will, as always, keep this short and to the point. The Scottish Government will continue to focus its efforts on passing important legislation and representing the people of Scotland.

The Presiding Officer:

The question is, that amendment S6M-05144.1, in the name of Stephen Kerr, which seeks to amend motion S6M-05144, in the name of George Adam, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, setting out a business programme, be agreed. 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.

18:29 Meeting suspended.

18:36 On resuming—

The question is, that amendment S6M-05144.1, in the name of Stephen Kerr, which seeks to amend motion S6M-05144, in the name of George Adam, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, setting out a business programme, be agreed to. Members should cast their votes now.

The vote is closed.

Photo of Marie McNair Marie McNair Scottish National Party

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

The Presiding Officer:

Thank you, Ms McNair. We will ensure that that is recorded.

Photo of Keith Brown Keith Brown Scottish National Party

On a point of order, Presiding Officer. My app is now saying that there was a problem, so I do not know whether I lodged my vote or not. I would have voted no.

The Presiding Officer:

Okay. I can confirm that your vote was recorded, Mr Brown.

Photo of Sarah Boyack Sarah Boyack Labour

On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I attempted to cast my vote, but my screen says “You have not voted”. I would have abstained if it had been recorded. That is the button that I pressed, anyway.

The Presiding Officer:

Thank you, Ms Boyack. We will ensure that that is recorded.

Division number 1 Business Motions

Aye: 28 MSPs

No: 63 MSPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Nos: A-Z by last name

Abstained: 20 MSPs

Abstaineds: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division is: For 28, Against 63, Abstentions 20.

Amendment disagreed to.

The next question is, that motion S6M-05144, in the name of George Adam, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, setting out a business programme, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

The Presiding Officer:

There will be a division.

The vote is now closed.

Photo of Kenneth Gibson Kenneth Gibson Scottish National Party

On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I could not connect to the digital platform.

The Presiding Officer:

Thank you, Mr Gibson. We will ensure that your vote is recorded.

Division number 2 Business Motions

Aye: 64 MSPs

No: 48 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 is: For 64, Against 48, Abstentions 1.

Motion agreed to,

That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—

Tuesday 28 June 2022

2.00 pm Time for Reflection followed by

Parliamentary Bureau Motions followed by

Topical Questions (if selected) followed by

Ministerial Statement: Independence Referendum followed by

Stage 3 Proceedings: Coronavirus (Recovery and Reform) (Scotland) Bill followed by

Committee Announcements followed by

Business Motions followed by

Parliamentary Bureau Motions

7.30 pm Decision Time followed by

Members’ Business

Wednesday 29 June 2022

2.00 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions

2.00 pm Portfolio Questions:

Covid Recovery and Parliamentary Business;

Net Zero, Energy and Transport;

Rural Affairs and Islands followed by

Ministerial Statement: Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan – Fourth Year Progress Report (2021-22) followed by

Scottish Government Debate: Northern Ireland Protocol Bill followed by

Stage 3 Debate: Fireworks and Pyrotechnic Articles (Scotland) Bill followed by

Business Motions followed by

Parliamentary Bureau Motions followed by

Approval of SSIs (if required)

6.15 pm Decision Time followed by

Members’ Business

Thursday 30 June 2022

11.40 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

11.40 am General Questions

12.00 pm First Minister's Questions

12.45 pm Decision Time followed by

Members’ Business

Tuesday 6 September 2022

2.00 pm Time for Reflection followed by

Parliamentary Bureau Motions followed by

Topical Questions (if selected) followed by

Scottish Government Business followed by

Committee Announcements followed by

Business Motions followed by

Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time followed by

Members’ Business

Wednesday 7 September 2022

2.00 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions

2.00 pm Portfolio Questions:

Health and Social Care;

Social Justice, Housing and Local Government followed by

Scottish Government Business followed by

Business Motions followed by

Parliamentary Bureau Motions followed by

Approval of SSIs (if required)

5.00 pm Decision Time followed by

Members’ Business

Thursday 8 September 2022

11.40 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

11.40 am General Questions

12.00 pm First Minister's Questions followed by

Members’ Business

2.30 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions

2.30 pm Portfolio Questions:

Constitution, External Affairs and Culture followed by

Scottish Government Business followed by

Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

(b) that, for the purposes of Portfolio Questions in the week beginning 27 June 2022, in rule 13.7.3, after the word “except” the words “to the extent to which the Presiding Officer considers that the questions are on the same or similar subject matter or” are inserted.

The next item of business is consideration of business motion S6M-005145, in the name of George Adam, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, on a stage 1 timetable. Any member who wishes to speak against the motion should press their request-to-speak button now.

Motion moved,

That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill at stage 1 be completed by 28 October 2022.-[George Adam]

Motion agreed to.