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Alcoholic Drinks: Children

Volume 465: debated on Tuesday 23 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many prosecutions there were for selling alcohol to children and young people under the age of 18 in (a) England and Wales and (b) each police force area in each year between 1997 and 2004; and if she will make a statement; (158857)

(2) how many penalty notices for disorder in relation to the sale of alcohol to a person under 18 years of age were issued in each year since 2004, broken down by police force area; and how many of these resulted in an unpaid fine in each area.

The information requested on prosecutions for selling alcohol to persons under 18 years are provided in table 1.

In addition to prosecutions, the offence of sale of alcohol to a person under 18 can attract a penalty notice for disorder (PND). The offence was added to the PND scheme on 1 November 2004, and information on the number issued with outcomes including the number resulting in an unpaid fine is provided in the attached table.

Unless contested by the offender or cancelled, an unpaid PND fine is registered at the courts at an added 50 per cent. value and the offender is then pursued through the courts for payment. Data on the number of fine registered PNDs are also provided in table 2.

Number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates' courts for selling alcohol to underage customers, England and Wales 1997 to 20051, 2, 3

Police force area

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

Avon and Somerset

22

3

1

2

14

Bedfordshire

1

1

1

2

7

10

Cambridgeshire

2

7

4

2

4

9

Cheshire

5

14

10

6

4

16

20

8

Cleveland

2

1

1

4

10

14

Cumbria

4

11

4

2

2

1

1

8

Derbyshire

11

7

6

8

3

37

22

13

Devon and Cornwall

9

1

2

1

12

8

Dorset

2

6

1

3

9

10

35

Durham

1

2

2

Essex

6

7

2

2

3

7

2

8

Gloucestershire

1

1

5

Greater Manchester

21

27

21

22

20

39

129

180

117

Hampshire

1

7

6

3

2

4

9

11

Hertfordshire

3

1

1

1

8

3

Humberside

3

11

2

Kent

1

5

3

12

15

14

Lancashire

17

3

6

1

13

14

23

22

89

Leicestershire

1

3

1

1

1

10

15

10

27

Lincolnshire

2

17

4

11

Merseyside

8

3

1

14

42

19

16

Metropolitan Police

13

13

17

2

19

12

113

167

253

Norfolk

1

1

4

1

9

3

North Yorkshire

3

3

7

22

3

Northamptonshire

5

2

3

1

11

Northumbria

34

92

41

17

17

8

38

51

79

Nottinghamshire

3

1

7

9

11

South Yorkshire

2

4

5

14

22

5

18

Staffordshire

11

2

1

3

8

5

20

Suffolk

9

1

1

3

Surrey

3

3

1

5

4

10

13

Sussex

3

3

1

2

7—

8

4

4

Thames Valley

2

4

2

1

3

6

28

15

Warwickshire

1

27

26

7

West Mercia

3

3

5

3

3

7

5

19

West Midlands

11

14

28

18

8

10

20

45

76

West Yorkshire

14

12

9

8

9

14

2

21

15

Wiltshire

2

2

2

1

6

10

23

Dyfed-Powys

3

3

6

8

3

2

5

24

6

Gwent

13

5

5

4

5

9

2

20

16

North Wales

1

1

2

2

1

1

7

5

10

South Wales

6

4

6

7

29

34

55

Total

215

311

205

132

158

170

616

861

1,084

1 These data are provided on the 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 data systems generated by the police forces and courts. 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. 3 Covers the offences: Selling etc intoxicating liquor to person under 18 for consumption on the premises under the Licensing Act 1964 S.169 A and B as added by Licensing (Young Persons) Act 2000 S.1, Wholesaler selling intoxicating liquor to a person under 18 under the Licensing Act 1964 S.181 A(1) as added by Licensing Act 1988 S.17, Sale of alcohol to a person under 18 under the Licensing Act 2003 S. 146 and Allowing Sale of alcohol to a person under 18 under the Licensing Act 2003 S. 147. Sections 146 and 147 of the 2003 Licensing Act only came into effect from 24 November 2005, so data prior to 2005 is not available. The first two offences cannot separately identify on and off premises consumption although both are covered by the statutes. Source: RDS—Court proceedings database—Office for Criminal Justice Reform—Ministry of Justice

Number of penalty notices for disorder issued to all persons aged 16 and over for sale of alcohol to a person under 18, with outcomes, England and Wales 2004 and 20051

2004

Police force area

Number issued

Paid in full

Fine registered

Contested in court

Cancelled

Outcome unknown

Avon and Somerset

Bedfordshire

Cambridgeshire

Cheshire

Cleveland

Cumbria

Derbyshire

Devon and Cornwall

Dorset

22

18

2

2

Durham

Essex

7

7

Gloucestershire

127

99

22

127

99

22

Greater Manchester

Hampshire

2

1

1

Hertfordshire

Humberside

2

2

Kent

Lancashire

30

3

1

26

Leicestershire

2

2

Lincolnshire

London, City of

Merseyside

2

2

Metropolitan

21

18

3

Norfolk

North Yorkshire

Northamptonshire

1

1

Northumbria

1

1

Nottinghamshire

9

9

South Yorkshire

2

2

Staffordshire

Suffolk

Surrey

Sussex

Thames Valley

Warwickshire

West Mercia

1

1

West Midlands

6

4

2

West Yorkshire

4

4

Wiltshire

Dyfed Powys

Gwent

North Wales

1

1

South Wales

England and Wales

113

74

10

2

27

2005

Police force area

Number issued

Paid in full

Fine registered

Contested in court

Cancelled

Outcome unknown

Avon and Somerset

56

51

4

1

Bedfordshire

2

2

Cambridgeshire

11

11

Cheshire

49

46

2

1

Cleveland

33

32

1

Cumbria

23

23

Derbyshire

8

7

1

Devon and Cornwall

82

75

7

Dorset

22

22

Durham

Essex

120

117

6

Gloucestershire

42

37

5

Greater Manchester

127

99

22

5

1

Hampshire

67

58

7

1

1

Hertfordshire

3

3

Humberside

45

41

3

1

Kent

10

4

6

Lancashire

190

163

22

1

4

Leicestershire

46

40

4

2

Lincolnshire

26

24

1

1

London, City of

Merseyside

73

57

15

1

Metropolitan

161

133

16

12

Norfolk

North Yorkshire

Northamptonshire

39

33

4

2

Northumbria

48

45

3

Nottinghamshire

117

100

17

South Yorkshire

107

98

9

Staffordshire

19

18

1

Suffolk

19

18

1

Surrey

Sussex

63

61

2

Thames Valley

12

12

Warwickshire

3

2

1

West Mercia

22

21

1

West Midlands

114

99

13

1

1

West Yorkshire

72

59

11

1

1

Wiltshire

8

7

1

Dyfed Powys

18

18

Gwent

20

18

2

North Wales

58

46

10

1

1

South Wales

123

108

13

1

2

England and Wales

2,058

1,805

211

5

30

7

1 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 data systems generated by police forces. 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.