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Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

Volume 478: debated on Thursday 26 June 2008

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 selling alcohol to people under the age of 18 years in (i) 2006 and (ii) 2007. (191297)

The number of persons issued with; a caution, penalty notice for disorder and proceeded against at magistrates courts for offences relating to selling alcohol to people under the age of 18-years-old in England and Wales for 2006 can be viewed in the following tables 1 and 2.

Court proceedings data for 2007 will be available in the autumn of 2008.

Table 1: The number of persons issued with a caution, and proceeded against at magistrates courts for a certain alcohol offences in England and Wales for the year 20061,2,3,4,5

Offence description

Proceeded against

Caution3

Holder of occasional permission or his agent knowingly selling to, knowingly allow consumption by or allowing any person to sell, intoxicating liquor to a person under 18. Selling etc. intoxicating liquor to person under 18 for consumption on the premises

736

22

Sale of alcohol to person under 18

395

36

Wholesaler selling intoxicating liquor to a person under 18

1

3

Allow sale of alcohol to an individual under 18

17

1 These data are on the principal offence basis.

2 Data Includes the following offence descriptions and corresponding statutes:

Holder of occasional permission or his agent knowingly selling to, knowingly allow consumption by or allowing any person to sell, intoxicating liquor to a person under 18. Selling etc. intoxicating liquor to person under 18 for consumption on the premises. Licensing (Occasional Permissions) Act 1983 Schedule (Sec 3) para 4(1). Licensing Act 1964 Sec 169(1).

Sale of alcohol to person under 18. Licensing Act 2003 S. 146(1)

Wholesaler selling intoxicating liquor to a person under 18. Licensing Act 1964 Sec 181A(1) as added by Licensing Act 1988 Sec 17.

Allow sale of alcohol to an individual under 18. Licensing Act 2003 Sec 147(1) and (5).

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 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

Table 2: The number of persons issued with a penalty notice for disorder for the offence Sale of alcohol to person under 18 in England and Wales for the year 20061,2,3,4

Sale of alcohol to person under 18

2006

3,195

1 These data are on the principal offence basis.

2 Data include the following offence descriptions and corresponding statute:

Sale of alcohol anywhere to a person under 18. s.146(1) 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