HC Deb 12 March 1934 vol 287 c23
51. Mr. McENTEE

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department the number of persons convicted in England and Wales, during each of the past five years, for drunkenness attributed to the drinking of methylated spirit, giving separate figures for London?

The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for the HOME DEPARTMENT (Mr. Douglas Hacking)

The following are the figures of convictions for each of the years 1928–1932:

England and Wales:
1928 446
1929 409
1930 476
1931 582
1932 596
County of London:
1928 40
1929 39
1930 22
1931 24
1932 30
It will be appreciated that the figures include cases of persons who have been convicted on more than one occasion. Full particulars for the year 1933 are not yet available.


In view of the very great danger of this fact, are any special steps being taken by the right hon. Gentleman's Department to prevent it?

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