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Volume 451: debated on Monday 30 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether it is an offence for minors to attempt to purchase alcohol from shops. (97575)

It is an offence under s.149(1) of the Licensing Act 2003 for an individual under 18 to buy or attempt to buy alcohol anywhere, including shops. A person guilty of an offence under this section is liable on conviction to a fine of up to £1,000.

An offence is not committed if the individual is acting at the request of a constable or a weights and measures inspector acting in the course of his duty.