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Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

Volume 475: debated on Monday 12 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have received (a) a fine, (b) an antisocial behaviour order, (c) a community sentence and (d) another penalty after being convicted for purchasing alcohol on behalf of a person aged under 18 years in each year since 1997. (198230)

[holding answer 1 April 2008]: The number of persons fined, issued with a community sentence and given another penalty after being convicted of purchasing alcohol on behalf of a person aged under 18 years in each year since 1997 can be viewed in the following table.

The Antisocial Behaviour Order (ASBO) collection held by my Department does not contain information on offences committed which resulted in an ASBO being issued. It is therefore not possible from this collection to provide information on the number of persons issued with an ASBO as a result of purchasing alcohol on behalf of a person aged under 18 years.

Number of persons fined, issued with a community sentence and given another penalty after conviction at all courts for certain alcohol related offences1, England and Wales for the years 1997 to 20062, 3

Purchase alcohol for a person aged under 181:

Fine

Community sentence

Conditional discharge

Otherwise dealt with4

1997

2

1998

1

1999

1

1

20005

1

1

2001

6

4

2002

12

3

1

2003

11

7

2004

22

8

2005

18

6

2006

14

2

10

1 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). 2 These data are on the principal offence basis. 3 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. 4 Otherwise dealt with includes Sentences of Compensation, Hospital or Guardianship Orders under the Mental Health Act 1983, police cells, recognizance and other disposals not separately shown elsewhere. Also includes sentences passed in pilot studies (except for intermittent custody) and cases where the result of the court proceeding was incorrectly recorded. 5 Staffordshire police force were only able to submit sample data for persons proceeded against and convicted in the magistrates' courts for the year 2000. Although sufficient to estimate higher orders of data, these data are not robust enough at a detailed level and have been excluded from the table. Source: Court proceedings data held by RDS—Office for Criminal Justice Reform—Ministry of Justice.