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Alcoholic Drinks: Children

Volume 463: debated on Monday 1 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences were recorded in respect of retailers selling alcohol to those aged under 18 years in each year since 1997; how many police cautions were issued; and what the average fine levied was. (154984)

[holding answer 10 September 2007]: Information on the number of recorded offences of retailers selling alcohol to those aged under 18 years are summary and are not included in the police recorded crime statistics.

Statistics for the number of police cautions issued and the average fine have been provided by the Ministry of Justice and are given in the table for 1997-2005. Data for 2006 will be available in the autumn of 2007.

Retailers selling alcohol to those aged under 18

Number of police cautions issued1,2

Average fine (£)

1997

171

227

1998

76

212

1999

69

194

2000

53

206

2001

48

208

2002

59

249

2003

63

253

2004

101

238

2005

98

246

1 These data are on a principal offence basis. 2 Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative databases generated by the police. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.