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Driving Under Influence: Alcoholic Drinks

Volume 470: debated on Wednesday 23 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government has taken to enforce legislation against under-age drinking. (177318)

[holding answer 21 January 2008]: Between 2004-06 successive Alcohol Misuse Enforcement Campaigns (AMECs) were focused on tackling crime and disorder in the night-time economy and included within them element of underage sales test-purchase activity.

From 2006 two Tackling Underage Sales of Alcohol Campaigns (TUSAC) have been conducted with specific focus on test-purchase activity with an additional focus on supporting existing and new powers available through the Licensing Act 2003:

Pilot TUSAC (October 2006) targeted test purchase campaign designed to support the license review powers available through the Licensing Act 2003.

National TUSAC (May to July 2007) targeted test purchase campaign designed to support the commencement of the new offences of persistently selling alcohol to children (section 147A Licensing Act 2003, commenced 6 April 2007)

A pilot Confiscation of Alcohol Campaign (October to July 2007) was undertaken to utilise police powers to seize alcohol from children in public places and to disperse persons aged 16 or more causing alcohol related crime and disorder.