HC Deb 22 February 1978 vol 944 cc647-8W
Mr. Nicholas Winterton

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish figures giving the number of cases of drunken driving and of offences resulting from alcoholism or an excess of alcohol: (a) in Cheshire and (b) in the area covered by the Macclesfield Constabulary for the latest 12 months period or which figures are available; and how this figure corresponds with 1975 and 1976.

Mr. John

The numbers of prosecutions for offences associated with driving or being in charge of a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol or taking drugs dealt with at magistrates' courts in Cheshire are to be found in the publications "Offences relating to motor vehicles" 1975 and 1976. Prosecutions for these offences in courts in the Macclesfield petty sessional division were 173 in 1975 and 184 in 1976. Numbers of findings of guilt for offences of drunkenness in Cheshire are to be found in the publications "Offences of Drunkenness, England and Wales" 1975 and 1976. Information regarding offences of drunkenness in Macclesfield petty sessional division is available only at disproportionate cost. Figures for 1977 are not yet available.