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Volume 929: debated on Monday 28 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if, as part of his policy against hooliganism and vandalism, he will carry out a study of the effect of television on these forms of behaviour.

A good deal of research, in this country and elsewhere, has been made into the effect of television upon human behaviour, so far without very conclusive results. The matter is among those considered by the Departmental Committee on the Future of Broadcasting, whose Report was published last Thursday. The Report includes a summary of research undertaken on violence in television and a discussion of the results of the principal studies. Consideration of future research on this subject could best await public reaction to the Committee's Report.