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Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 29 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) on premises and (b) off premises licences were (i) suspended and (ii) revoked for selling alcohol to people under the age of 18 years in each of the last five years, broken down by police area. (197363)

This information is not held centrally.

Prior to the implementation of the Licensing Act 2003 which came into force on 25 November 2005, data on the number of liquor licences issued under the Licensing Act 1964 (the 1964 Act) in England and Wales were collected by petty sessional divisions (magistrates courts areas), on a three yearly basis. The previous set of data relating to the 1964 Act covered the triennial renewal process when 273 on-licensed and 81 off-licensed premises had their licences revoked in England and Wales between July 2003 and June 2004. These data do not indicate the reason for revocation which could include premises having simply ceased trading. These data are not available broken down by police area.

The first DCMS Statistical Bulletin on Alcohol, Entertainment and Late Night Refreshment, under the provisions of the Licensing Act 2003, was published on 8 November 2007. This shows that, between April 2006 and March 2007, there were 675 completed reviews which resulted in 92 licences being revoked and 91 being suspended (based upon a 85 per cent. response rate from licensing authorities). The data do not indicate the reason for revocation or suspension, nor by type of licensed premises. Licences may be revoked on review for one or more reasons relating to the four licensing objectives, including sales of alcohol to children.

There were also 37 personal licences revoked, suspended or declared forfeit by the courts in 2006-07 (80 per cent. response rate). The loss of personal licence could relate to conviction for any one of a number of relevant offences, including the sale of alcohol to children.