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Crimes of Violence: Betting Shops

Volume 486: debated on Wednesday 21 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will bring forward policies designed to prevent violence against betting shop workers; and if she will make a statement. (247932)

The Government take the problem of violence against betting shop workers very seriously and work is being undertaken across Government Departments to tackle it. A working group lead by James Purnell, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and Pat McFadden, Minister for Employments Relations, and Postal Affairs has recently been established to consider action to be taken to deal with this issue. This will be attended by representatives of the book making industry, the third sector, the police, local authorities and other Government Departments.