§ Mr. Mellor
Our policy is to keep drunkenness offenders out of court whereever possible. Cautioning is encouraged; 26,000 drunkenness offenders were cautioned in 1985, compared with 2,000 in 1983. As my hon. Friend knows, the number found guilty of drunkenness offences has fallen from 107,600 in 1983 to 56,400 in 1985.