HC Deb 16 January 1978 vol 942 c5W
Mr. Adley

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will issue an interim statement on the investigations he is carrying out into the effect of self-service trading methods on the shoplifting statistics.

Mr. Merlyn Rees

The Home Office Research Unit is studying, in relation to theft in shops, prosecution practice, store security, and sentencing. A report is expected to be completed by the end of this year, and it is not possible to anticipate its findings. No investigation specifically into the effect of self-service methods is being conducted.