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Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

Volume 496: debated on Tuesday 1 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many prosecutions were brought against public house licensees for serving alcohol to minors in each local authority area within the ceremonial county of Hampshire in each of the last five years; and how many such public houses closed after the licensee was convicted in such cases; (286282)

(2) how many prosecutions were brought against retail store licensees for serving alcohol to minors in each local authority area within the ceremonial county of Hampshire in each of the last five years.

Information showing the number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts for ‘selling alcohol to persons under 18’ in the Hampshire police force area 2003 to 2007 (latest available) is contained in the table. Information held centrally cannot be broken down to local authority area.

It is not possible to differentiate between sales on and off premises in the court proceedings database or to identify which premises closed after being convicted of the above offence.

2008 data will be available in the autumn of 2009.

Number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts for selling alcohol to persons aged under 181, by offence, Hampshire police force area 2003 to 20082, 320032004200520062007Proceeded againstFound guiltyProceeded againstFound guiltyProceeded againstFound guiltyProceeded againstFound guiltyProceeded againstFound guiltySelling intoxicating liquor to persons under 18 for consumption on the premises——971182———Sale of alcohol to person under 18————————44Total——971182—44 1 Selling alcohol to persons under 18 includes the following offences;(a) 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.(b) Wholesaler selling intoxicating liquor to a person under 18.(c ) Sale of alcohol to person under 18.(d) Allowing sale of alcohol to person under 18.(e) Persistently selling alcohol to children.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 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 Ref: IOS 366-09 and 367-09.