HC Deb 18 February 1953 vol 511 c1234
38. Mr. Rankin

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many cases of drunkenness were known to have occurred in Mauritius during 1952; in how many cases proceedings were taken against the people concerned; and for what offences.

The Secretary of State for the Colonies (Mr. Oliver Lyttelton)

The number of cases of ordinary drunkenness reported to the police in Mauritius in 1952 was 1,832, but alcohol contributed to 3,025 other cases. I have asked the Governor for details of the cases in which proceedings were taken and will write to the hon. Member when the information is available.

Mr. Rankin

Would the Minister indicate how the number of prosecutions in 1952 compares with the number in the previous year? Has it diminished or increased?

Mr. Lyttelton

I regret I have not got those figures, but I will certainly obtain them.