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Prosecutions: Alcoholic Drinks

Volume 468: debated on Monday 26 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were prosecuted for selling alcohol to minors in West Chelmsford constituency in each of the last five years. (167063)

The number of persons prosecuted for selling alcohol to minors in Essex from 2001 to 2005 is shown in the following table. My Department are unable to provide data for the West Chelmsford constituency, as the data are not held at the required level of detail.

In addition, the offence of sale of alcohol to a person under 18 can attract a penalty notice for disorder (PND) of £80. The offence was added to the scheme on 1 November 2004. Data on the number of PNDs issued in Essex in 2004 and 2005 for the offence are provided in the table. Figures for 2006 will be available shortly.

Number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts and the number of penalty notices for disorder issued for offences related to the illegal sale of alcohol to persons aged under 18 in Essex, 2001 to 20051, 2, 3, 4






Proceeded against






Penalty notices for disorder issued






n/a = Not applicable. (The offence was added to the Penalty Notices for Disorder scheme on 1 November 2004).

1 Prosecutions data are provided on the principal offence basis. PND data are a count on PND tickets issued.

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 offences under the following statutes. The Licensing Act 1964 S.169 A & B as added by Licensing (Young Persons) Act 2000 S.1, the Licensing Act 1964 S.181 A(1) as added by Licensing Act 1988 S.17 and the Licensing Act 2003 S.146 and 147, which came into effect from 24 November 2005, so data prior to 2005 is not available.

4 PND data covers the offence of sale of alcohol to persons under 18 under the Licensing act 2003 S.126.


RDS, court proceedings database, Office for Criminal Justice Reform, Ministry of Justice.