§ 7. Mr. William Hannan
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what are the results of the criminological research, supported by him, into the relationship between the excess consumption of alcohol and the commission of crimes of violence; and if he will make the information available in the form of a parliamentary paper.
§ Mr. Buchanan-Smith
Studies of specific offences or types of offenders in which this relationship has been noted provide confirmation that alcohol is a contributory factor in crimes of violence. I will write to the hon. Member about these studies; but I do not think they would justify a parliamentary paper.