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Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there were of retailers for selling alcohol to persons under 18 years old in 2007; and what the average fine imposed was on those convicted. (255197)

Data showing the number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts and convicted at all courts, the number of persons fined and the average fine for selling alcohol to persons aged under 18, in England and Wales, for 2007 are shown in the following table.

Additionally, penalty notices for disorder (PNDs) are available for this offence. The number of PNDs issued for sales of alcohol to persons aged under 18 are also included in the table.

Number of defendants1 proceeded against at magistrates courts2, convicted and fined at all courts2, and the number of persons issued with a penalty notice for disorder (PND)3 for sale of alcohol to a person under 18, England and Wales, 20074

Statute

Description

Number proceeded against

Number found guilty

Number of fines

Average fine amount (£)

Number of PNDs issued5

Licensing Act 2003—s. 146

Sale of alcohol to person under 18

620

479

425

375

3,583

Licensing Act 2003—s. 147

Allowing sale of alcohol to person under 18

10

6

6

467

n/a

Licensing Act 1964—ss. 169A and 169B as added by Licensing (Young Persons) Act 2000—s.1; Licensing (Occasional Permissions) Act 1983 s.3 (Sch. Para. 4 (1))

Selling etc. intoxicating liquor to persons under 18 for consumption—on the premises

63

40

37

276

n/a

Licensing Act 1964—S.181A (1) as added by Licensing Act 1988—s.17

Wholesaler selling intoxicating liquor to a person under 18

n/a

Licensing Act 2003—S.147A as added by Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006

Persistently selling alcohol to children

n/a

Total

693

525

468

369

3,583

n/a = Not applicable

1 Defendants includes persons and ‘other’ defendants (companies and public bodies etc.).

2 The 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.

3 Sale of alcohol to a person under 18 is an £80 PND ticket offence.

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.

5 Number of PNDs issued to persons aged 16 and over.

Source:

Evidence and Analysis Unit—Office for Criminal Justice Reform