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How MSPs voted in the parliament

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HOLYROOD VOTE ON WEDNESDAY 8 OCTOBER, 2009

MSPs agreed by Assent to note the conclusions and recommendations of a report on rural housing by the Rural Affairs Committee.


HOLYROOD VOTE ON WEDNESDAY 30 SEPTEMBER, 2009

MSPs agreed to note the conclusions and recommendations contained in the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee's report Determining and Delivering on Scotland's Energy Future.


HOLYROOD VOTE ON THURSDAY 24 SEPTEMBER, 2009

MSPs inflicted a defeat on the Scottish government following a debate on teacher numbers.

A government amendment, which stressed that Scotland benefits from a record low in average class sizes in primary schools, was rejected by 46 votes to 73.

And a Labour motion which said the government had "precipitated a teacher jobs crisis" and called on ministers to publish details of how it would deliver manifesto pledges on teacher numbers, was passed by 70 votes to 48 with one abstention.

A Tory amendment, which stated the provision of free school meals could impact on the ability of councils to recruit and retain teachers, was also passed by 70 votes to 49.

MSPs also backed a Liberal Democrat amendment which raised concerns about the implementation of curriculum reforms in the face of falling teacher numbers by 73 votes to 46.

The Scottish government was also backed by MSPs in a vote on child protection.

Labour had put forward a motion calling on ministers to report to parliament what steps are being taken to identify those children who are at risk as a result of living with parents who are addicted to drink or other substances.

The government amendment altered this to highlight the "immensely valuable contribution" made by those working in child protection and also looked forward to the publication of a report by inspectors that should provide "the most comprehensive national picture of child protection that Scotland has ever had".

This amendment was passed by 58 votes to 43 with 18 abstentions.

A Liberal Democrat amendment to the government amendment, which sought to have a "child centred approach to child protection", was unanimously agreed.

And a Tory amendment calling on the government to urgently address concerns about the number of parents who lack "the necessary skills to bring up their children responsibly" was also passed unanimously.

MSPs then backed the amended motion by 74 votes to 43, with two abstentions.

They also voted in favour of the general principles of the Tobacco and Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Bill by 102 votes to 16 with one abstention.


HOLYROOD VOTE ON WEDNESDAY 23 SEPTEMBER, 2009

MSPs agreed to note the conclusions of the Public Petitions Committee's report on its inquiry into the public petitions process.


HOLYROOD VOTE ON WEDNESDAY 9 SEPTEMBER, 2009

A Labour motion asking MSPs to effectively scrap the Children's Hearings (Legal Representation)(Amendment ) Rules 2009 was defeated by 65 votes to 60 with one abstention.

A Scottish Government motion recognising the work being done on dementia as a national priority was passed by assent.

A Liberal Democrat amendment calling on the Scottish Government to publish its dementia strategy "no later than April 2010" was also passed by assent.

A Labour amendment calling on the Scottish Government to "ensure sufficient resources" were made available for the strategy resulted in a 62-62 tied vote with two abstentions. Following convention, the Presiding Office then used his casting vote to defeat the amendment.


HOLYROOD VOTE ON WEDNESDAY 2 SEPTEMBER, 2009

The Scottish Government was defeated in a 73-50 vote, with one abstention, following a debate on the decision to release Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed

Al Megrahi.

MSPs voted for a Labour amendment which argued that Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill mishandled the decision-making process.

Tory and Liberal Democrat amendments to the Labour amendment, which further criticised the process, were backed by the same margin.

MSPs then voted unanimously to approve the general principles of the Schools (Consultation) (Scotland) Bill.

MSPs also voted unanimously to support proposed membership of the Committee of the Regions and the Regional Chamber of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe.



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