HC Deb 16 December 1999 vol 341 cc275-6W
Dr. Cable

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the number of convictions for crimes where alcohol abuse was a factor in each of the last three years. [102553]

Mr. Charles Clarke

This information is not available. With the exception of offences which specifically mention alcohol (ie, drunkenness and driving while under the influence of alcohol) it is not possible to define objectively what constitutes a drink-related crime or to state definitely that alcohol abuse led or helped lead to a specific offence.

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