Decision Time

– in the Scottish Parliament on 27th September 2022.

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There are three questions to be put as a result of today’s business. The first question is, that amendment S6M-06063.3, in the name of Donald Cameron, which seeks to amend motion S6M-06063, in the name of Angus Robertson, on “Scotland’s Population—Meeting the Needs of our Communities, Economy and Public Services”, 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.

17:07 Meeting suspended.

17:12 On resuming—

We come to the division on amendment S6M-06063.3, in the name of Donald Cameron. Members should cast their votes now.

Division number 1 Decision Time

Aye: 31 MSPs

No: 77 MSPs

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The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on amendment S6M-06063.3, in the name of Donald Cameron, is: For 31, Against 77, Abstentions 0.

Amendment disagreed to.

The next question is, that amendment S6M-06063.2, in the name of Daniel Johnson, which seeks to amend motion S6M-06063, in the name of Angus Robertson, on “Scotland’s Population—Meeting the Needs of our Communities, Economy and Public Services”, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

Division number 2 Decision Time

Aye: 41 MSPs

No: 67 MSPs

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The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on amendment S6M-06063.2, in the name of Daniel Johnson, is: For 41, Against 67, Abstentions 0.

Amendment disagreed to.

The final question is, that motion S6M-06063, in the name of Angus Robertson, on “Scotland’s Population—Meeting the Needs of our Communities, Economy and Public Services”, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

Division number 3 Decision Time

Aye: 79 MSPs

No: 29 MSPs

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The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on motion S6M-06063, in the name of Angus Robertson, is: For 79, Against 29, Abstentions 0.

Motion agreed to,

That the Parliament notes that the Parliament has previously endorsed a motion calling for the development of a differentiated, more flexible migration policy tailored to meet Scotland’s specific needs; celebrates the social, economic and cultural contribution made to Scotland by those who have chosen to live here; notes that the UK Government’s own immigration advisers concluded in 2019 that the UK migration system is not very effective in dealing with the particular problems that remote communities experience and recommended the establishment of a pilot scheme to support migration to rural areas, and that this recommendation was accepted by the then Home Secretary in a statement to the House of Commons in July 2019; further notes the distinct demographic challenges that Scotland faces, and that all of Scotland’s population growth is projected to come from migration; notes that the independent Expert Advisory Group on Migration and Population concluded in its 2019 report that the demographic challenges for rural areas would be exacerbated by the ending of freedom of movement; further notes that the Fresh Talent scheme introduced in 2005 was a differentiated migration approach for Scotland, and calls on the UK Government to accept the Rural Visa Pilot proposal, which has been jointly developed by the Scottish Government, rural and island local authorities and rural employers, and to engage constructively to support the delivery of Rural Visa Pilots that meet the needs of rural communities.

That concludes decision time.

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