Mr. J. Enoch Powell
asked the Secretary of State for Defence how many service men in the last 12 months have been convicted in the sovereign base areas in Cyprus of driving impaired by alcohol; and in how many of these the attention of the British authorities has been drawn to discrepancies affecting the official analyst's reports.
§ Mr. Stanley
Forty-six service personnel were convicted in the sovereign base area court of driving while impaired by alcohol in the period 1 July 1982 to 30 June 1983. One serviceman contested (unsuccessfully) the official analyst's assessment of his blood alcohol level; he did not appeal against conviction. There have been three other cases in which the defendant initially challenged the official analyst's report but subsequently pleaded guilty.