Decision Time

– in the Scottish Parliament on 29th September 2022.

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Photo of Alison Johnstone Alison Johnstone Green

There are 11 questions to be put as a result of yesterday’s and today’s business. The first question is, that amendment S6M-06071.2, in the name of Jenny Gilruth, which seeks to amend motion S6M-06071, in the name of Graham Simpson, on the Scottish Government’s handling of ferry contracts, 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.

17:04 Meeting suspended.

17:08 On resuming—

We move to the division on amendment S6M-06071.2, in the name of Jenny Gilruth. Members should cast their votes now.

The vote is closed.

Photo of Jenny Gilruth Jenny Gilruth Scottish National Party

On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I was unable to connect to the voting platform. I would have voted yes.

The Presiding Officer:

Thank you. We will ensure that that is recorded.

Photo of Michael Matheson Michael Matheson Scottish National Party

On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I was unable to connect to the platform. I, too, would have voted yes.

The Presiding Officer:

Thank you. We will ensure that that is recorded.

Division number 1 Decision Time

Aye: 65 MSPs

No: 52 MSPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Nos: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on amendment S6M-06071.2, in the name of Jenny Gilruth, is: For 65, Against 52, Abstentions 0.

Amendment agreed to.

The next question is, that amendment S6M-06071.1, in the name of Neil Bibby, which seeks to amend motion S6M-06071, in the name of Graham Simpson, on the Scottish Government’s handling of ferry contracts, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

Division number 2 Decision Time

Aye: 23 MSPs

No: 93 MSPs

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Nos: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on amendment S6M-06071.1, in the name of Neil Bibby, is: For 23, Against 93, Abstentions 0.

Amendment disagreed to.

The next question is, that motion S6M-06071, in the name of Graham Simpson, on the Scottish Government’s handling of ferry contracts, as amended, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

Division number 3 Decision Time

Aye: 64 MSPs

No: 53 MSPs

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Nos: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on motion S6M-06071, in the name of Graham Simpson, on the Scottish Government’s handling of ferry contracts, as amended, is: For 64, Against 53, Abstentions 0.

Motion, as amended, agreed to,

That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the Project Neptune report on the governance of Scotland’s ferries; notes that ministers are engaging with affected communities, staff and all stakeholders on the options for reform; recognises that over £2 billion has been invested in the support of lifeline ferry services since 2007; welcomes the commitment to publish and consult on a long-term vessel and port investment plan as part of the Islands Connectivity Plan; recognises the concerns of island communities, and that ministers continue to work closely with them during periods of disruption; agrees that ensuring accurate reporting is key to avoiding unnecessary impacts on those economies, and notes the ongoing work to deliver the vessels under construction at Ferguson Marine, the positive relations between management and unions, and the protection of hundreds of jobs at the yard, including supporting over 50 apprentices, along with many more jobs in the supply chain.

I remind members that, if the amendment in the name of Humza Yousaf is agreed to, the amendment in the name of Jackie Baillie will fall.

The question is, that amendment S6M-06073.3, in the name of Humza Yousaf, which seeks to amend motion S6M-06073, in the name of Sandesh Gulhane, on addressing national health service waiting times, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

Division number 4 Decision Time

Aye: 65 MSPs

No: 52 MSPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Nos: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on amendment S6M-06073.3, in the name of Humza Yousaf, is: For 65, Against 52, Abstentions 0.

Amendment agreed to.

The amendment in the name of Jackie Baillie falls.

The next question is, that amendment S6M-06073.2, in the name of Alex Cole-Hamilton, which seeks to amend motion S6M-06073, in the name of Sandesh Gulhane, on addressing NHS waiting times, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

The Presiding Officer:

There will be a division. Members should cast their votes now.

Voting is now closed.

Photo of Martin Whitfield Martin Whitfield Labour

On a point of order, Presiding Officer. With some surprise, I found that the voting app would not connect. I would have voted for the amendment.

The Presiding Officer:

We will ensure that that is recorded.

Division number 5 Decision Time

Aye: 51 MSPs

No: 65 MSPs

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Nos: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on amendment S6M-06073.2, in the name of Alex Cole-Hamilton, is: For 51, Against 65, Abstentions 0.

Amendment disagreed to.

The next question is, that motion S6M-06073, in the name of Sandesh Gulhane, on addressing NHS waiting times, as amended, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

Division number 6 Decision Time

Aye: 65 MSPs

No: 52 MSPs

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Nos: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on motion S6M-06073, in the name of Sandesh Gulhane, on addressing NHS waiting times, as amended, is: For 65, Against 52, Abstentions 0.

Motion, as amended, agreed to,

That the Parliament recognises the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on health services and thanks Scotland’s frontline health and care staff for continuing to deliver high-quality care in spite of pressures associated with the ongoing pandemic; understands that these pressures are being experienced in health services across the UK and beyond; notes that, in 60 days, the number of people waiting longer than two years for an outpatient appointment was reduced by almost a quarter and that most specialisms have no waits of this length; welcomes that, since the start of the pandemic, NHS staffing is up by almost 9%; notes that child and adolescent mental health services began treatment of 5,200 children in the most recent quarter, the highest number ever recorded for the second quarter in a row; commends the dedication of Hospital at Home staff, whose work has avoided or saved bed days equivalent to that of a large district general hospital, including increased capacity for Outpatient Intravenous Antimicrobial Treatments, remote monitoring for COVID, and Respiratory Rapid Response services, which has already saved 45,000 hospital bed days in 2022; regrets the impact that Brexit and the UK Government’s anti-immigration rhetoric have had on recruitment in care services, and welcomes that over £1.6 billion of Scottish Government investment is being provided for social care and integration in 2022, and that, by the end of this parliamentary session, investment will increase by at least £840 million to improve services through the creation of the National Care Service.

I remind members that, if the amendment in the name of Stephen Kerr is agreed to, the amendment in the name of Michael Marra will fall.

The next question is, that amendment S6M-06102.3, in the name of Stephen Kerr, which seeks to amend motion S6M-06102, in the name of Shirley-Anne Somerville, on excellence in Scottish education, be agree to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

Division number 7 Decision Time

Aye: 29 MSPs

No: 64 MSPs

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Nos: A-Z by last name

Abstained: 23 MSPs

Abstaineds: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on

amendment S6M-06102.3, in the name of Stephen Kerr, is: For 29, Against 64, Abstentions 23.

Amendment disagreed to.

The next question is, that amendment S6M-06102.1, in the name of Michael Marra, which seeks to amend motion S6M-06102, in the name of Shirley-Anne Somerville, on excellence in Scottish Education, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

Division number 8 Decision Time

Aye: 51 MSPs

No: 65 MSPs

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Nos: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on amendment S6M-06102.1, in the name of Michael Marra, is: For 51, Against 65, Abstentions 0.

Amendment disagreed to.

The next question is, that motion S6M-06102, in the name of Shirley-Anne Somerville, on excellence in Scottish education, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

The Presiding Officer:

There will be a division. Members should cast their votes now.

The vote is closed.

Photo of Jenny Gilruth Jenny Gilruth Scottish National Party

O n a point of order, Presiding Officer. I could not connect again. I would have voted yes.

The Presiding Officer:

Thank you. We will ensure that that is recorded.

Division number 9 Decision Time

Aye: 65 MSPs

No: 50 MSPs

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Nos: A-Z by last name

The Presiding Officer:

T he result of the division on motion S6M-06102, in the name of Shirley-Anne Somerville, on excellence in Scottish education, is: For 65, Against 50, Abstentions 0.

Motion agreed to,

That the Parliament recognises that there is much to be proud of and to celebrate in Scottish education; commends the hard work of all staff and teaching professionals in Scotland's schools, colleges, universities and early learning and childcare centres to support children and young people throughout this period of recovery post-COVID-19-pandemic; pays tribute to all the young people who achieved qualifications, broader achievements and skills in summer 2022, as well as those who have moved onto employment, started new apprenticeships, or courses in colleges and universities, having overcome the challenges they faced; recognises that, despite those challenges, this was one of the strongest ever sets of results for any exam year, given that pass rates were up on the last time that formal exams were held in 2019; welcomes that the attainment gap has closed over the last 10 years and that there has been a record high number of full-time first degree entrants to university coming from the most deprived areas in Scotland, but acknowledges that significant progress is still required; welcomes, therefore, the Scottish Government’s commitment to ensuring that all children and young people receive a first-class education in their local school through significant investment in teacher employment, with the highest spending per pupil, and more teachers per pupil, than any other UK nation, as well as increased digital inclusion, action to address the costs associated with the school day, and a £1 billion investment over the course of the parliamentary session to close the poverty-related attainment gap; commends teachers, schools and local authorities across Scotland for their commitment to build a continuously improving system, which raises attainment for all, closes the attainment gap, and enables all children and young people to fulfil their potential, and encourages everyone – children, young people, families and teachers – to give their views on the future of education by taking part in the National Discussion.

I propose to ask a single question on two Parliamentary Bureau motions. Does any member object?

Members:

No.

The Presiding Officer:

The question is, that motions S6M-06089 and S6M-06090, 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 Scottish Landfill Tax (Prescribed Landfill Site Activities) Amendment Order 2022 (SSI 2022/233) be approved.

That the Parliament agrees that the Advice and Assistance (Summary Criminal Proceedings) (Miscellaneous Amendment) (Scotland) Regulations 2022 [draft] be approved.

That concludes decision time.

Meeting closed at 17:27.