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Chamber and committees

Meeting date: Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Meeting of the Parliament 01 April 2020

Agenda: Point of Order, Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill (Emergency Bill), Business Motions, Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1, Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution, Deputy Presiding Officer, Scottish Government Legislation Programme, Covid-19 (Social Security), Covid-19, Business Motion, Committee of the Whole Parliament, Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill: Stage 2, Meeting of the Parliament, Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3, Business Motion, Parliamentary Bureau Motions, Decision Time


Deputy Presiding Officer

The next item of business is the election of an additional Deputy Presiding Officer for the duration of the public response to the novel coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic. The election will use the electronic voting system, but it will be a secret ballot, so only the overall result, not how individual members voted, will be published.

I can inform members that I have received one valid nomination, which is Lewis Macdonald. I now declare the election of the Deputy Presiding Officer open. The question is, that Lewis Macdonald be elected as a Deputy Presiding Officer.

Members voted by secret ballot.

I can inform members that a majority has voted in favour. Lewis Macdonald is duly elected as Deputy Presiding Officer, and I offer him my congratulations. [Applause.]