HC Deb 02 April 1987 vol 113 c594W
46. Mrs. Clwyd

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the degree of causal connection between unemployment and crime.

Mr. Mellor

Research has not shown significant associations between increases in recorded crime and increases in unemployment. The article "Unemployment and Crime", in Home Office Research Bulletin No. 14, reviewed research evidence on the association between unemployment and crime and concluded that little could be learned from studies of this topic at aggregate level.

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