Oral Answers to Questions — Drunkenness

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th July 1952.

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Photo of Mr William Shepherd Mr William Shepherd , Cheadle 12:00 am, 24th July 1952

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department the age groups of those convicted of drunkenness in 1938 and also in the last year for which figures are available.

Photo of Mr David Maxwell Fyfe Mr David Maxwell Fyfe , Liverpool, West Derby

I regret that this information is not available.

Photo of Mr William Shepherd Mr William Shepherd , Cheadle

Is my right hon. and learned Friend able to help the House by saying what the drinking among teenagers is, compared with 1938?

Photo of Mr David Maxwell Fyfe Mr David Maxwell Fyfe , Liverpool, West Derby

I am sorry, but to require the police to give additional offences in age groups would cause a great deal of extra work at present. The furthest I can go is to consider whether we can reasonably ask them to supply this information for 1953 and future years