HC Deb 10 April 1905 vol 144 cc998-9
MR. EUGENE WASON (Clackmannan and Kinross)

To ask the Lord-Advocate if he will state the number of persons who were convicted as guilty of drunk and disorderly conduct in Scotland in each of the years ending 31st December, 1901, 1902, 1903, and 1904; how many were convicted in each of the first two years on summons for being drunk and incapable, and during last two years after summons or arrest for the same offence for the same years; how many during the last two years were convicted for being drunk, and not necessarily incapable, whilst having charge of a child; how many persons convicted of drunkenness were ordered to give security for good behaviour: and how many persons obtained protection against husband or wife who was an habitual drunkard.

(Answered by Mr. Scott Dickson.) Particulars of convictions are not available under the precise headings desired by the hon. Member, but statistics of convictions for drunkenness and similar offences classified under the headings adopted for the Scottish Judicial Statistics are given for the years 1901, 1902, and 1903 in the appended table. Citations and arrests cannot be given separately. Of the offences under the heading "Breach of the peace, etc.," about 90 per cent, are estimated to have been committed under the influence of drink. Drunkenness while in charge of a child was constituted

Convictions for—
Habitual drunkenness or drunkenness under Inebriates Acts. Breach of the peace, disorderly conduct, and petty assaults. Drunkenness and drunk and incapable. Drunk or drinking in shebeen. Total.
1901 68 48,121 30,610 180 78,979
1902 83 47,273 29,482 52 76,890
1903 99 44,924 25,131 27 70,181