HC Deb 18 July 1969 vol 787 cc213-4W
Mr. Alfred Morris

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will publish, from information available to him from international sources, a table comparing the official statistics recently published on the com- mission of serious crime in Great Britain with those for the United States of America, the Scandinavian countries and other developed countries for which comparable statistics are available.

Mr. Elystan Morgan

It is generally accepted by criminologists that there is as yet no satisfactory way of comparing the criminal statistics of different countries. Statistics from a number of countries are collected by Interpol and published in a volume "International Crime Statistics" that is to be found in the Library of the House; but they are of only limited value for the purpose of making international comparisons.