HC Deb 14 July 1952 vol 503 cc1795-6
32. Sir H. Williams

asked the Minister of Transport how many personal injury accidents there were in 1951; and in how many of these cases have the police stated that drink or drugs was a primary factor.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport (Mr. Gurney Braithwaite)

In 1951, 5,250 persons were killed and 211,243 injured in 178,409 road accidents. In the opinion of the police drink or drugs were the primary factor in 1,146 of these accidents.

Sir H. Williams

Would the Parliamentary Secretary say in how many cases were the persons affected by drinks or drugs driving motor vehicles?

Mr. Braithwaite

Yes, Sir, 530 were drivers of cars and 68 were motor cyclists; approximately a half of the total number.

Captain Duncan

Can my hon. Friend say how many were pedestrians?

Mr. Braithwaite

Yes, Sir; 379 were pedestrians.