§ Mr. Craig
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many premises were visited during 1978 by the police on the suspicion that there was being carried on the illegal sale of alcohol and the illegal consumption of alcohol; and how many prosecutions were instituted in respect of such offences.
§ Mr. Mason
I understand that the RUC raided illegal drinking clubs on 13 occasions during 1978. Information about other police action in relation to illegal drinking, and the total number of prosecutions arising therefrom, is not maintained centrally by the RUC and could not be provided without disproportionate cost.