§ Mr. Grocott
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many man days were served in prison in 1974 for offences connected with drunkenness.
§ Dr. Summerskill
Drunkenness is a factor in a significant number of criminal offences but precise records are kept only of substantive offences of drunkenness. In 1974 some 34,511 days were served by fine defaulters and some 17,593 days were served without the option of a fine by persons sentenced in England and Wales for an offence of drunkenness.