Mr. Ron Brown
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what studies have been made into the correlation between crime and unemployment; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Mellor
An article reviewing studies on the relationship between unemployment and crime was published in the Home Office research and planning unit research bulletin Number 14, 1982. The evidence from correlational studies is mixed and inconclusive. The Department has no plans to carry out further studies on this topic at present.