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Video Games: Young People

Volume 472: debated on Wednesday 20 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police (a) cautions and (b) arrests were recorded for retailers selling (i) video games and (ii) DVDs to underage customers in each year since 1997; and what average fine was levied for subsequent convictions in each case. (186727)

Statistics on the number of police cautions issued, the number of fines imposed and the average fines have been provided by the Ministry of Justice and are given in the following table for 1997 to 2006. Data on those arrested are not available.

Offenders1 cautioned and fined for supplying video recording of classified work in breach of classification2

Number of police cautions issued

Number of fines imposed

Average fine amount (£)

1997

1

15

519

1998

18

440

1999

33

798

2000

16

1,028

2001

9

1,378

2002

12

1,079

2003

1

14

921

2004

6

775

2005

8

489

2006

8

1,244

1 These data are on a principal offence basis.

2 Video Recording Act 1984 S.11 as amended by the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 S.88(4).

These figures have been drawn from administrative data systems. Although care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system.

Source:

RDS-NOMS, Ministry of Justice