§ Mr. Steinberg
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convictions for drinking and driving offences there were in 1987–88 and for 1989 to date nationally and in Durham City constituency.
§ Mr. John Patten
The available information relates to findings of guilt for driving and so on, after consuming alcohol or taking drugs and is published annually in a Home Office statistical bulletin "Offences relating to motor vehicles, England and Wales". Table 9 of issue 32/88 gives the figures for 1987. In 1987, there were 115,000 findings of guilt for such offences of which 139 were recorded for Durham magistrates' court. Figures for 1988 will be published in the autumn.