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Alcohlolic Drinks: Young People

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many penalty notices for disorder in relation to the sale of alcohol to a person under 18 years of age were issued in each police force area in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09; what the average fine levied in each police force area was in each such year; and how many such fines have not been paid. (290691)

[holding answer 9 September 2009]: The number of Penalty Notices for Disorder (PNDs) issued in England and Wales for the sale of alcohol to a person aged under 18 years of age in 2006 and 2007 (latest available), by Police Force Area and outcome, can be found in the following tables. (The Ministry of Justice publish PND data by calendar year rather than by financial year).

The offence, which attracts a fixed penalty of £80, was added to the Scheme in November 2004. 21 days is the minimum period before which forces can register a fine against the recipient for not responding to a notice, so forces can accept payments after the Suspended Enforcement Period for administrative purposes. From the data held centrally, it is not possible to separately identify the fine amounts registered nor the number of unpaid fines.

PND data for 2008 will be available towards the end of 2009.

Table 1: Number of penalty notices for disorder issued and outcomes for the offence “Sale of alcohol to a person aged under 18”, England and Wales, broken down by Police force area, 20061

Outcome

Police force area

Issued

Paid in full within 21 days

Paid in full outside 21 days

Fine registered

Court hearing requested

PND cancelled

Potential prosecution

Outcome unknown

Avon and Somerset

54

47

3

4

Bedfordshire

13

9

4

Cambridgeshire

29

28

1

Cheshire

50

42

4

4

Cleveland

23

18

2

2

1

Cumbria

21

16

3

2

Derbyshire

30

25

2

2

1

Devon and Cornwall

115

91

9

10

2

3

Dorset

29

22

2

4

1

Durham

1

1

Essex

94

78

4

12

Gloucestershire

54

38

10

6

Greater Manchester

211

141

38

31

1

Hampshire

109

85

14

8

1

1

Hertfordshire

41

38

2

1

Humberside

48

32

12

4

Kent

5

4

1

Lancashire

206

155

24

26

1

Leicestershire

59

49

8

2

Lincolnshire

57

40

10

7

Merseyside

127

91

21

12

1

2

Metropolitan Police

252

164

59

23

6

Norfolk

10

8

1

1

Northamptonshire

34

23

5

6

Northumbria

84

57

8

13

6

North Yorkshire

11

11

Nottinghamshire

265

185

38

41

1

South Yorkshire

158

124

14

16

4

Staffordshire

75

56

12

7

Suffolk

21

16

3

2

Surrey

34

29

3

2

Sussex

216

167

22

24

1

1

1

Thames Valley

95

74

11

8

2

Warwickshire

5

3

2

West Mercia

34

27

5

2

West Midlands

143

97

22

23

1

West Yorkshire

105

72

9

22

2

Wiltshire

18

13

4

1

Dyfed-Powys

9

6

2

1

Gwent

50

31

4

12

1

2

North Wales

83

54

8

20

1

South Wales

117

87

16

13

1

England and Wales

3,195

2,354

402

390

6

30

10

3

1 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 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.

Table 2: Number of penalty notices for disorder issued and outcomes for the offence “Sale of alcohol to a person aged under 18”, England and Wales, broken down by Police Force Area, 20071

Outcome

Issued

Paid in full within 21 days

Paid in full outside 21 days

Fine registered

Court hearing requested

PND cancelled

Potential prosecution

Outcome unknown

Avon and Somerset

60

43

11

4

2

Bedfordshire

13

12

1

Cambridgeshire

22

21

1

Cheshire

26

21

3

2

Cleveland

65

48

9

7

1

Cumbria

40

29

9

2

Derbyshire

101

66

13

16

6

Devon and Cornwall

69

51

11

4

2

1

Dorset

35

30

4

1

Durham

25

20

4

1

Essex

111

88

16

5

2

Gloucestershire

86

72

8

6

Greater Manchester

141

104

22

15

Hampshire

205

161

24

18

1

1

Hertfordshire

67

54

6

5

2

Humberside

98

55

26

14

2

1

Kent

23

14

5

3

1

Lancashire

190

129

25

31

3

2

Leicestershire

150

127

23

Lincolnshire

54

36

10

7

1

Merseyside

175

120

28

26

1

Metropolitan Police

341

270

39

29

3

Norfolk

36

19

9

6

2

Northamptonshire

22

13

5

3

1

Northumbria

67

40

16

9

2

North Yorkshire

25

18

2

5

Nottinghamshire

168

118

18

30

1

1

South Yorkshire

159

116

16

22

4

1

Staffordshire

67

49

11

7

Suffolk

20

17

3

Surrey

72

53

10

8

1

Sussex

119

85

14

18

2

Thames Valley

131

104

13

9

1

4

Warwickshire

37

29

5

3

West Mercia

36

29

5

2

West Midlands

135

80

40

12

1

2

West Yorkshire

161

119

18

9

3

12

Wiltshire

24

22

1

1

Dyfed-Powys

20

14

5

1

Gwent

71

42

19

9

1

North Wales

63

44

6

10

3

South Wales

53

41

5

7

England and Wales

3,583

2,623

451

405

13

69

22

1 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 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.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons were (a) prosecuted and (b) cautioned for selling alcohol to a person under the age of 18 years in each police force area in (i) 2007-08 and (ii) 2008-09. (290692)

[holding answer 9 September 2009]: I refer the hon. Member to Table 2 in the answer I gave on 3 February 2009, Official Report, column 1024W. Data for 2008 will be available in autumn 2009.