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Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

Volume 479: debated on Thursday 17 July 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) fixed penalty notices were issued and (b) prosecutions were brought for the offences of (i) selling alcohol to a person under age, (ii) buying alcohol under age and (iii) buying alcohol on behalf of someone under age in the last year for which figures are available. (206386)

The number of penalty notices for disorder (PNDs) issued, and the number of defendants proceeded against at the magistrates court for the offences of selling alcohol to a person under the age of 18, purchasing alcohol while under the age of 18, and purchasing alcohol on behalf of someone under 18 can be found in the following table.

Number of defendants1 proceeded against at magistrates courts and the number of penalty notices for disorder (PNDs) issued for selected alcohol related offences2,3,4 England and Wales, 20065,6

Offence code

Offence

Proceeded against

PNDs issued

142/03,143/52,143/79 and 143/80

Selling alcohol to a person under 182

1,199

3,195

143/16 and 143/82

Buying alcohol when under 183

15

73

143/17 and 143/83

Buying alcohol on behalf of person under 184

32

467

Total

1,246

3,735

1 Includes other defendants, for example companies and public bodies.

2 Includes the following offences and 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 a person under 18

(Licensing Act 2003 S.146(1))

Wholesaler selling intoxicating liquor to a person under 18

(Licensing Act 1984 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) & (5))

3 Includes the following offences and statutes:

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))

Purchase of alcohol by an individual under 18

(Licensing Act 2003 S. 149(1X7a))

4 Includes the following offences and 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))

5 These data are on the principal offence basis

6 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 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.

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 each borough in London in each of the last five years. (209842)

The number of (a) cautions, (b) prosecutions at magistrates courts for the years 2002 to 2006 and (c) penalty notices for disorder (PNDs) for the years 2004 to 2006 for the offence of selling alcohol to people under the age of 18 years in the City of London and Metropolitan Police force areas can be viewed in the following table.

We are unable to provide figures on individual London boroughs as data are not collected at this level of detail by the Ministry of Justice.

Number of cautions issued, defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts, and issued with a penalty notice for disorder for offences relating to the sale of alcohol to a person under the age of 18 years, in the Metropolitan and City of London police force areas, 2002-061, 2, 3, 4Cautions5Proceeded againstPenalty notices for disorder20020126—200301136—200401672120050253161200602362521 Cautions and proceeded against data are on the principal offence basis. Data on PNDs are a straight count of the number issued during each year.2 Data include 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 (s. 3) para 4(1). Licensing Act 1964 s. 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 s. 181A (1) as added by Licensing Act 1988 s. 17.Allow sale of alcohol to an individual under 18.Licensing Act 2003 s. 147(1) and (5)Sell alcohol to under 18s.169A, Licensing Act 1964Sale of alcohol anywhere to a person under 18.s. 146(1) of the Licensing Act 20033 The Licensing Act 2003 came into force on 24 November 2005.4 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.5 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.6 There are no data for 2002 and 2003 as the PND scheme was rolled out in 2004Source:Court proceedings data held by RDS— Office for Criminal Justice Reform— Ministry of Justice