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Alcoholic Drinks: Enforcement

Volume 474: debated on Monday 31 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how many closure orders under section 169A of the Licensing Act 2003 for persistently selling alcohol to children had been made at the latest date for which figures are available; (193942)

(2) how many court orders have been made under section 147B of the Licensing Act 2003 to suspend a premises licence for the sale of alcohol.

We do not currently hold this data. Sections 147B and 169A of the Licensing Act 2003 relate to the new offence of persistently selling alcohol to children which came into force when Chapter 3 of Part 1 of the Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006 (“the 2006 Act”) was commenced on 6 April 2007. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s Statistical Bulletin on Alcohol, Entertainment and Late Night Refreshment Licensing, which includes information on licence suspensions, covers activity in the 12 months to 31 March 2007 and therefore pre-dates the persistent sales of alcohol to children offence coming into effect. However, we intend to repeat the data collection exercise this year and expect to publish a new Bulletin in the autumn to cover the period from 1 April 2007 to 31 March 2008.