§ Ms Blears
My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has accepted an invitation from the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (USDAW) to attend1252W the launch of their "National Respect for Shop Workers" day which took place on 17 September 2003. Separate meetings are being held by Home Office Ministers with USDAW representatives.
The Government are very grateful to USDAW for the work it has undertaken to raise awareness of this issue. We fully understand the detrimental effect crime against business has throughout the community and the damaging effect on people's lives, their businesses and their families. Any form of violence is totally unacceptable and should not be tolerated.