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Video Games: Young People

Volume 502: debated on Tuesday 8 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences in respect of retailers selling video games or DVDs to underage customers (a) in England and Wales and (b) in each police force area were recorded in 2007 and 2008; how many related (i) police cautions and (ii) fines were issued in each of those years; and what the average such fine was in each such year. (302258)

Information on the number of recorded offences of retailers selling video games or DVDs to underage customers 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. The Ministry of Justice have advised that there were no cautions given or fines issued for this offence in 2007. Data for 2008 are planned for publication on 28 January 2010.