Decision Time

– in the Scottish Parliament am ar 26 Mawrth 2024.

Danfonwch hysbysiad imi am ddadleuon fel hyn

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 motion S6M-12639, in the name of Shirley-Anne Somerville, on the Gender Representation on Public Boards (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill at stage 1, be agreed to.

Motion agreed to.

That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Gender Representation on Public Boards (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill.

The Presiding Officer:

The next question is, that amendment S6M-12642.1, in the name of Liam Kerr, which seeks to amend motion S6M-12642, in the name of Graeme Dey, on widening access and equality of access to higher education, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

The Presiding Officer:

There will be a division.

There will be a short suspension to allow members to access the digital voting system. I ask those members who voted earlier today to refresh their screens, please.

17:41 Meeting suspended.

17:43 On resuming—

We move to the division on amendment S6M-12642.1, in the name of Liam Kerr.

The vote is closed.

Photo of Maree Todd Maree Todd Scottish National Party

On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I could not vote, but I would have voted no.

The Presiding Officer:

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

Photo of John Swinney John Swinney Scottish National Party

On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I was unable to connect to the app, but I would have voted no.

The Presiding Officer:

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

I call Tess White for a point of order.

Photo of Tess White Tess White Ceidwadwyr

Thank you, Presiding Officer. I have voted, and my vote has been recorded.

The Presiding Officer:

I can confirm that your vote has been recorded.

Rhif adran 2 Decision Time

Ie: 31 MSPs

Na: 69 MSPs

Ie: A-Z fesul cyfenw

Na: A-Z fesul cyfenw

Wedi ymatal: 20 MSPs

Wedi ymatal: A-Z fesul cyfenw

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on amendment S6M-12642.1, in the name of Liam Kerr, is: For 31, Against 69, Abstentions 20.

Amendment disagreed to.

The next question is, that amendment S6M-12642.2, in the name of Pam Duncan-Glancy, which seeks to amend motion S6M-12642, in the name of Graeme Dey, on widening access and equality of access to higher education, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Rhif adran 3 Decision Time

Ie: 22 MSPs

Na: 97 MSPs

Ie: A-Z fesul cyfenw

Na: A-Z fesul cyfenw

Wedi ymatal: 1 MSP

Wedi ymatal: A-Z fesul cyfenw

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on amendment S6M-12642.2, in the name of Pam Duncan-Glancy, is: For 22, Against 97, Abstentions 1.

Amendment disagreed to.

The final question is, that motion S6M-12642, in the name of Graeme Dey, on widening access and equality of access to higher education, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Rhif adran 4 Decision Time

Ie: 69 MSPs

Na: 49 MSPs

Ie: A-Z fesul cyfenw

Na: A-Z fesul cyfenw

Wedi ymatal: 1 MSP

Wedi ymatal: A-Z fesul cyfenw

The Presiding Officer:

The result of the division on motion S6M-12642, in the name of Graeme Dey, on widening access and equality of access to higher education, is: For 69, Against 49, Abstentions 1.

Motion agreed to,

That the Parliament notes the recent report by the Commissioner on Fair Access; welcomes the progress that has been made to widen access to university, with a 45% increase in students from the most deprived communities entering university since 2013-14; is grateful for the work of the higher education sector in achieving this success; agrees with the commissioner’s finding that increasing the share of students from the most deprived areas has not led to fewer students progressing to higher education from less deprived areas; reaffirms its commitment to widening access and to meeting the 2026 interim target and the 2030 target, which it agrees will require concerted effort from government and institutions to meet this challenge; agrees that it is vital that higher education continues to be based on the ability to learn rather than the ability to pay, and further agrees that undergraduate students in Scotland should not be expected to pay any form of tuition fees, whether up front or in the form of charges during their course or after graduation, such as graduate endowments or graduate taxes.

That concludes decision time.

Members’ business will be published tomorrow, 27 March 2024, as soon as the text is available.