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Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many (a) individuals and (b) establishments have been prosecuted for selling alcohol to under-age people in Hampshire in each of the last five years; (214372)

(2) how many people were prosecuted for selling alcohol to children in Hampshire in each of the last five years.

The number of people and the number of others proceeded against at magistrates courts for offences relating to selling alcohol to under age persons in Hampshire police force area, for the years 2002 to 2006 can be viewed in the following table.

A Penalty Notice for Disorder (PND) can also be applied for the offence; the number of PNDs issued in Hampshire police force area was two in 2004, 67 in 2005, and 109 in 2006.

Number of persons and the number of others proceeded against at magistrates' courts for offences relating to selling alcohol to under age persons in Hampshire police force area, 2002 to 20061,2,3,4,5

Proceeded against

Persons

Other

2002

4

2003

2004

9

2005

11

2006

2

1 These data are on the principal offence basis.

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 (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 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) & (5)

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

5 Figures for Other includes: Public bodies, companies, organisations

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 (a) businesses and (b) individuals were prosecuted for supplying alcohol to those under the age of 18 years in (i) England, (ii) Staffordshire and (iii) Tamworth constituency in each of the last three years. (220129)

The number of persons and the number of other defendants namely businesses, companies, and organisations proceeded against at magistrates' courts for offences relating to selling alcohol to under age persons, in Staffordshire Police Force Area, and England, 2004 to 2006 can be viewed in the attached table.

From the court proceedings database held by the Ministry of Justice, it is not possible to identify those defendants prosecuted in the Tamworth constituency, as the data are not collected at this level of detail.

A Penalty Notice for Disorder (PND) can also be applied for the offence; the number of PNDs issued in Staffordshire Police Force Area was 0 in 2004, 19 in 2005, and 75 in 2006. The number issued in England for the same offence was 112 in 2004, 1,839 in 2005 and 2,936 in 2006.

Number of persons and the number of other defendants proceeded against at magistrates' courts for offences relating to selling alcohol to under age persons in Staffordshire Police Force Area, and England, 2004 to 20061, 2, 3, 4, 5

Staffordshire Police Force Area

England

Proceeded against

Proceeded against

Persons

Other

Persons

Other

2004

5

757

21

2005

20

994

3

2006

23

1,038

46

1 These data are on the principal offence basis.

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 (Sec 3) para 4(1). Licensing Act 1964 Sec 169(1).

Sale of alcohol to a person under 18

Licensing Act 2003 S.146(l)

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

5 Figures for Other includes: Public bodies, companies, organisations

Source:

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