HC Deb 24 March 1925 vol 182 c271W
Viscountess ASTOR

asked the Home Secretary if he can give figures showing the amount of beer and the amount of spirits consumed in 1918 and 1920, respectively; and the number of aggravated assaults, assaults on constables, and attempted suicides in the same two years?


The amounts of beer and spirits actually consumed cannot be stated. The amounts on which duty was paid for consumption in the United Kingdom were:

Standard barrels.
Beer, 1918 12,790,705
Beer, 1920 26,919,542
Spirits, 1918 15,115,062
Spirits, 1920 22,138,488

Nor can the number of assaults committed or of attempts at suicide be stated. The numbers of persons actually proceeded against for attempted suicide were:

1918 666
1920 1,499

As regards the other offences, the numbers of persons proceeded against summarily were:

Aggravated assault, 1918 253
Aggravated assault, 1920 607
Assaults on Constables, 1918 1,828
Assaults on Constables, 1920 6,625