§ Lord James Douglas-Hamilton
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will consider making further funds available for research into crime in Scotland, bearing in mind the rising crime rate; and what funds he currently makes available for such research.
§ Mr. Harry Ewing
In addition to criminological research carried out within the Scottish Office by its Central Research Unit my right hon. Friend currently funds research into different aspects of the criminal justice system in various universities and colleges in Scotland. In the 1978–79 financial year grants totalling £40,000 will be made. Increased provision is being made for subsequent years and my Department are discussing possible projects with people interested in carrying out research in this field.