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Tobacco: Young People

Volume 502: debated on Tuesday 8 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences by (a) confectioners and tobacconists and (b) other retailers related to selling tobacco products to those aged under 16 years were recorded in 2008; how many police cautions for such offences were issued in each year; how many fines were imposed in each year; and what the average fine imposed in each year was. (302259)

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 are collected by the Ministry of Justice. Statistics for 2008 will be published on 28 January 2010. The Ministry of Justice have advised that for 2007, the latest available year, there was one police caution issued. There were 49 fines imposed and the average fine was £324.