HC Deb 22 June 1925 vol 185 c1054

asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether he can give figures showing the consumption of opium in Calcutta, Rangoon, Amritsar, Bombay, Karachi, and Madras per 10,000 of the population; and whether he can state the normal amount per 10,000 considered adequate by the medical authorities in India.


The amounts consumed in Calcutta (including the suburbs and the towns of Howrah and Bally) and at Rangoon in 1923–24 were respectively 185 lbs. and 226 lbs. per 10,000. Figures for the other four towns mentioned are not available, but the amounts consumed in the districts of Amritsar, Bombay, Karachi and Madras were respectively 56, 86, 43 and 53 lbs. per 10,000. No pronouncement by the medical profession in India of the normal amount per 10,000 considered adequate is on record.