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Tobacco: Young People

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences by (a) confectioners and tobacconists and (b) other retailers selling tobacco products to those aged under 16 were recorded in (i) 2006-07 and (ii) 2007-08; how many police cautions were issued in each case; how many fines were imposed in each case; and what the average fine imposed in each year was. (256752)

Information on the number of recorded offences of retailers selling tobacco products to those aged under 16 years is not collected centrally. This is a summary offence and is not included in the police recorded crime statistics.

Statistics on the number of police cautions issued, the number of fines imposed and the average fines have been provided by the Ministry of Justice. The figures cover calendar years and are given in the following table.

Offenders1 cautioned and fined for selling tobacco etc to persons under 162

Number of police cautions issued

Number of fines imposed

Average fine amount (£)









1 These data are on a principal offence basis.

2 Children and Young Persons Act 1933 sec 7 as amended by the Children and Young Persons (Protection from Tobacco) Act 1991 sec 1.


These figures have been drawn from administrative data systems. Although care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system.