§ Ms Blears
Questions in the British Crime Survey (BCS) ask victims of assault whether they think the perpetrator of the offence was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the incident or not.
Data are available from the 1996, 1998, 2000 and 2001–02 sweeps of the BCS. These are as follows:
Proportion of violent incidents that were alcohol related 1996 1998 2000 2001–02 Domestic 32 33 44 45 Acquaintance 45 44 36 51 Stranger 55 57 53 58 Mugging 17 15 17 19 All violence 41 41 40 47
The question of whether the perpetrator was under the influence of alcohol or not was not asked of other offences, as this question can only be asked when there is contact with the perpetrator.
§ Ms Blears
As part of their work on developing an Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy for England, the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit published an Interim Analytical Report on 19 September 2003. This report indicated that the annual estimated costs of alcohol-related crime and public disorder were up to £7.3 billion. These estimates were prepared using specially commissioned research by the Strategy Unit. No previous estimates of the costs of alcohol-related crime have been made.