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Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 24 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children were (a) cautioned, (b) prosecuted and (c) given a penalty notice for disorder for buying or attempting to buy alcohol under age in each of the last three years for which information is available. (191306)

The number of young persons under 18 years of age issued with a reprimand or final warning, penalty notice for disorder, or proceeded against at magistrates courts for offences relating to buying or attempting to buy alcohol under age in England and Wales for the years 2004 to 2006 can be viewed in the following tables 1 and 2. From June 2000, cautions for offenders under 18 years old were replaced by reprimands and final warnings.

Number of young persons aged under 18 years issued with a reprimand/final warning, and proceeded against at magistrates courts for certain alcohol offences in England and Wales for the years 2004 to 20061, 1, 3, 4, 5

Offence description

Person under 18 buying or attempting to buy or consuming intoxicating liquor. Person under 18 buying or consuming intoxicating liquor

Purchase of alcohol by an individual under 18

14316

14383

Proceeded against

Reprimanded/Final warning3

Proceeded against

Reprimanded/Final warning3

2004

10

32

2005

14

19

3

2006

6

3

2

4

- Nil

1 These data are on the principal offence basis.

2 Data include the following offence descriptions and corresponding statutes:

Offence Code 14316

Person under 18 buying or attempting to buy or consuming intoxicating liquor.

Person under 18 buying or consuming intoxicating liquor in licensed premises.

Licensing (Occasional Permissions) Act 1983 Schedule (Sec 3) para 4(2). Licensing Act 1964 Sec 169(2).

Offence Code 14382

Purchase of alcohol by an individual under 18.

Licensing Act 2003 S. 149(l)(7a)

3 From 1 June 2000 the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 came into force nationally and removed the use of cautions for persons under 18 and replaced them with reprimands and final warnings.

Reprimands and final warnings are included in the above data.

4 The Licensing Act 2003 came into force on 24 November 2005.

5 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 courts, other agencies, and 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.

Source:

Court proceedings data held by RDS—Office for Criminal Justice Reform—Ministry of Justice

Our Ref: IOS 205-08 (Table 1) [Contribution for PQ 191306]

Number of young persons aged 16 to 17 years issued with a penalty notice for disorder for the offence—Buying or attempting to buy alcohol by person under 18 in England and Wales for the years 2004 to 20061, 2, 3, 4

Buying or attempting to buy alcohol by person under 18

2004

2005

21

2006

73

- Nil

1 These data are on the principal offence basis.

2 Data include the following offence descriptions and corresponding statute:

Buying or attempting to buy alcohol by a person under 18.

Section 149(l)of the Licensing Act 2003 (c.17)

3 New legislative reference with effect from, 24 November 2005 on implementation of Licensing Act 2003.

4 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 courts, other agencies, and 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.

Source:

Court proceedings data held by RDS—Office for Criminal Justice Reform Ministry of Justice

Our Ref: IOS 205-08 (Table 2) [Contribution for PQ 191306]

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many instances there were of alcohol found in the possession of children being seized in accordance with section 1 of the Confiscation of Alcohol (Young Persons) Act 1997 in each of the last three years; and how many people were (a) cautioned, (b) prosecuted and (c) given a penalty notice for disorder, having failed to comply with such a request in each of the last 10 years. (191316)

Offences recorded under this legislation are summary offences and as such do not form part of the recorded crime statistics collected by the Home Office.

The number of persons issued with a caution, and proceeded against at magistrates courts for offences under section 1 of the Confiscation of Alcohol (Young Persons) Act 1997 in England and Wales for the years 2004 to 2006 can be viewed in the following table.

The offence is not one for which a PND (penalty notice for disorder) can be issued, as it is not part of the scheme.

Number of persons issued with a caution, and proceeded against at magistrates courts for offences under section 1 of the Confiscation of Alcohol (Young Persons) Act 1997 in England and Wales for the years 2004-061, 2, 3, 4

Proceeded against

Caution

2004

12

2

2005

14

10

2006

19

5

1 These data are 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 courts, other agencies, and 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.

3 From 1 June 2000 the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 came into force nationally and removed the use of cautions for persons under 18 and replaced them with reprimands and final warnings. The total figure of reprimands and final warnings makes up cautions.

4 Data include the following statute and corresponding offence description: Confiscation of Alcohol (Young Persons) Act 1997 Sec.1. Police Reform Act 2002 Sch.4 para.6 (Confiscation of Alcohol (Young Persons) Act 1997 S.1). Failure to surrender intoxicating liquor and/or to state name and address. Contravening a community support officer’s requirement to surrender liquor.

Source:

Court proceedings data held by RDS—Office for Criminal Justice Reform—Ministry of Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were (a) cautioned, (b) prosecuted and (c) given a penalty notice for disorder for buying or attempting to buy alcohol on behalf of a person under 18 years old in each of the last three years for which information is available. (191307)

The number of persons issued with a caution, penalty notice for disorder or proceeded against at magistrates courts for offences relating to buying or attempting to buy alcohol on behalf of a person aged under 18 years in England and Wales for the years 2004 to 2006 can be viewed in the following tables 1 and 2.

Number of persons issued with a caution, and proceeded against at magistrates courts for certain alcohol offences in England and Wales for the years 2004-061, 2, 3, 4, 5

Offence description

Buying or attempting to buy intoxicating liquor for consumption by a person under 18. Purchasing intoxicating liquor for consumption by person under 18 in bar

Person who buys or attempts to buy alcohol on behalf of an individual under 18.

Proceeded against

Cautions3

Proceeded against

Cautions3

2004

38

14

6

6

2005

29

12

6

2

2006

14

11

18

13

1 These data are on the principal offence basis.

2 Data include the following offence descriptions and corresponding statutes:

Buying or attempting to buy intoxicating liquor for consumption by a person under 18.

Purchasing intoxicating liquor for consumption by person under 18 in bar.

Licensing (Occasional Permissions) Act 1983 Schedule (Sec 3) para 4(3). Licensing Act 1964 Sec 169(3).

Person who buys or attempts to buy alcohol on behalf of an individual under 18.

Licensing Act 2003 S149(3,4,7b)

3 From 1 June 2000 the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 came into force nationally and removed the use of cautions for persons under 18 and replaced them with reprimands and final warnings. Reprimands and final warnings are included in the abovementioned data.

4 The Licensing Act 2003 came into force on 24 November 2005.

5 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 courts, other agencies, and 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.

6 Nil

Source:

Court proceedings data held by RDS—Office for Criminal Justice Reform—Ministry of Justice

Number of persons issued with a penalty notice for disorder for the offences purchasing alcohol for under 18 and purchasing alcohol for under 18 for consumption on premises in England and Wales for the years 2004-061, 2, 3, 4Purchase alcohol for person under 18Purchase alcohol for person under 18 for consumption on premises20041866200517083200640760 1 These data are on the principal offence basis. 2 Data include the following offence descriptions and corresponding statute: Buys or attempts to buy alcohol on behalf of person under 18 s149(3) of the Licensing Act 2003 Buys or attempts to buy alcohol for consumption on relevant premises by person under 18. s149(4) of the Licensing Act 2003 3 New legislative reference with effect from, 24 November 2005 on implementation of Licensing Act 2003 4 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 courts, other agencies, and 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. Source: Court proceedings data held by RDS—Office for Criminal Justice Reform—Ministry of Justice