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Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance she has issued to (a) police forces and (b) licensing authorities on using under 18 year olds for test purchases of alcohol in pubs. (247771)

The Home Office has not issued any recent guidance to the police or licensing authorities on the issue of test purchasing. The use of test purchase operations is a local operational matter, and as such is a decision for the chief constable. However, we are aware that both ACPO and LACORS have produced guidance on this matter.