HC Deb 05 December 1985 vol 88 c314W
37. Mr. Parry

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he has made any studies of the possibility of a correlation between the levels of crime in inner city areas and levels of unemployment and deprivation.

Mr. Mellor

Extensive research has not demonstrated a clear link between levels of unemployment and recorded crime. The latest British crime survey showed that inner city areas experienced a much higher rate of crime and vandalism, but there is no evidence to suggest that poor physical conditions in themselves contribute to greater criminality.