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Tobacco: Young People

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people (a) were prosecuted, (b) were cautioned and (c) received a penalty notice for disorder for selling cigarettes to an under age person in the last 12 months. (248643)

The number of persons proceeded against and cautioned for selling cigarettes to an under age person in 2007 (latest published) are given in the following table.

The statistics relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offence for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences, the principal offence is the offence for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe.

The Penalty Notice for Disorder scheme currently does not extend to the offence of selling cigarettes to an under age person.

Number of persons proceeded against at magistrates courts and cautioned1 for selling cigarettes to an under age person, England and Wales, 20072, 3, 4

Proceeded against

Cautioned

2007

58

1

1 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. These figures have been included in the totals.

2 The cautions statistics relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been cautioned for two or more offences at the same time, the principal offence is the more serious offence.

3 The proceeded against statistics relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences, the principal offence is the offence for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe.

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 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:

Evidence and Analysis Unit, Office for Criminal Justice Reform.