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Member's debate

Watch live coverage of the debate here on 18 March at 5.05pm.

The SNP's Jamie Hepburn will led a debate celebrating 175 Years of the Airdrie Savings Bank, which was formed in 1835.

This year is the 200th anniversary of the Scottish savings bank movement.

Savings banks were not commercial banks, as they did not lend money to businesses or issue bank notes.

Mr Hepburn said that Airdrie Savings Bank was the last remaining independent savings bank in the United Kingdom.

The MSP for Central Scotlandc ongratulated the bank for its relative success compared with the large banking groups during the recession.

Communities Minister Alex Neil said that the anniversary of Airdrie bank was a timely reminder of the importance Scotland has played in the role of banking.

Mr Neil said that a major lesson was to be learned on how the bank had conducted its business, not just recently but throughout the years.

He also praised it for remaining independent.

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