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Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 22 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funding has been allocated to the Tackling Underage Sales of Alcohol campaign to be launched in May. (128217)

Total funding available for allocation to the Tackling Underage Sales of Alcohol Campaign is £1.2 million. Police basic command units that intend to participate (in partnership with Trading Standards) must complete a bid form to be entitled to funding, payable on proof of completion of the operations undertaken.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what performance measures he plans to use to assess the Tackling Underage Sales of Alcohol campaign. (128218)

The Tackling Underage Sales of Alcohol campaign is likely to result in the issuing of penalty notices for disorder and additionally licence reviews and prosecutions for the illegal sale of alcohol to minors. Details of these will be recorded and analysed centrally. Informal qualitative feedback will also be considered. Test purchase failure rates will not be used as an overall generic indicator of performance, as the campaign specifically aims to target problem premises, selected at the discretion of local enforcement agencies. Local police commanders and partnerships will use the results of the activity to focus their efforts and resources on key local hot spots.