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Volume 301: debated on Wednesday 24 September 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment his Department has made of the report by the Office for National Statistics on alcopops; and if he will make a statement. [15810]

The findings of the Office for National Statistics' (ONS) report "Young teenagers and alcohol in 1996" support those of other surveys and research, which indicate worrying levels of alcohol misuse by young people. The Government's announcement on 17 July made clear our concern about this problem and set out the action which we expected all concerned, including the industry itself, to take.