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Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

Volume 506: debated on Wednesday 3 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been fined for selling alcohol to under-age persons in each year since 1997; and what the average fine was in each such year. (313016)

Information on the number of fines issued by the courts and the average fine amount for “selling alcohol to persons under 18” for each year between 1997 and 2008 is provided in the following table. This does not include data on penalty notices for disorder, which can also be issued for underage sales.

Total fines given and average fine amount, selling alcohol to underage, 1997 to 2008

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

14203

Selling etc. intoxicating liquor to person under 18 on the premises

Number of fines issued

111

129

95

46

42

80

353

519

662

438

37

21

Average fine imposed (£)

227

212

194

206

208

249

253

238

246

293

276

376

14379

Sale of alcohol to person under 18

Number of fines issued

13

17

278

425

287

Average fine imposed (£)

206

251

324

375

378

14380

Allowing sale of alcohol to person under 18

Number of fines issued

10

6

14

Average fine imposed (£)

276

467

603

14352

Wholesaler selling intoxicating liquor to a person under 18

Number of fines issued

1

2

6

Average fine imposed (£)

50.00

160.00

233.33

14398

Persistently selling alcohol to children

Number of fines issued

8

Average fine imposed (£)

968.75

Notes:

1. These figures have been drawn from administrative data systems.

2. 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.

3. These data are presented on the principal offence basis. Where an offender has been sentenced for more than one offence the principal offence is the one for which the heaviest sentence was imposed. Where the same sentence has been imposed for two or more offences the principal offence is the one for which the statutory maximum is most severe.

Source:

Ministry of Justice