HC Deb 20 February 1978 vol 944 cc504-5W
Mr. Corrie

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many men and women were in prison at the latest available date for the offence of simple drunkenness and where they were located; if he will list (a) the number of men and (b) the number of women imprisoned for the offence of drunkenness in each year since 1973; and what was the average length of sentence of men and women for each year.

Mr. Harry Ewing

In 1975, it is estimated that the average daily population of persons, held in Scottish penal establishments, following conviction of drunkenness offences—predominantly those of being drunk and incapable—was 30, of whom approximately three were women. Most of those held were in Barlinnie, Edinburgh and Low Moss prisons.

The numbers of men and women received into penal institutions for drunkenneess offences since 1973 and the estimated average net sentence length—assuming full remission—are:

towards the cost of meals provided for and consumed by employees during working hours by those employees in the same years.

Mr. Millan

Six Scottish Office staff restaurants in Edinburgh received £34,000 in 1976 and £37,000 in 1977 by way of graduated subsidy designed to encourage efficiency. The cost to public funds of providing free of charge premises and certain equipment and services is not readily available. The contribution made by employees by way of payment for meals consumed during working hours was £233,000 in 1976 and £209,000 in 1977.

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