TO ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will state the number of persons tried for drunkenness in England and Wales for the average of the five years 1892 to 1896, and for the average of the five years 1897 to 1901, and the numbers for the year 1901, and, if yet available, for the years 1902 and 1903, and the proportions of each figure per 100,000 of population.
(Answered by Mr. Secretary Akers Douglas.) The information for which my hon. friend asks is to be found, up to the year 1901, in Table D of the Criminal Statistics for 1901 (p. 31), viz., annual average number of persons prosecuted for drunkenness in England and Wales for the years 1892–6, 175,627, being a proportion of 583.47 per 100,000 of the population; for the years 1897–1901, 204,940, or a proportion of 642.87. In 1901 the number was 210,342, a proportion of 644.84. The figures for 1902 are 209,908, a proportion of 636.16. The statistics for 1903 are not yet available.