MSPs debate Robert Owen banknotes call

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A campaign to feature social pioneer Robert Owen on banknotes is being taken to the Scottish parliament.

MSPs will debate a motion by Labour MSP Bill Butler calling for Owen to feature on Scottish notes in time for the United Nations Year of Co-operatives in 2012.

Owen pioneered co-operative values during his time as mill manager at New Lanark from the late 18thCentury. Child labour was abolished and the workers were provided with homes, education and health care.

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