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Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

Volume 507: debated on Monday 8 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of those convicted of an offence of selling alcohol to a minor received (a) a fine, (b) a community sentence, (c) a custodial sentence and (d) an alternative punishment in England and Wales in each year since 1998; and what the (i) lowest, (ii) highest and (iii) average fine was in each such year. (317884)

The disposals for those convicted of an offence selling alcohol to a minor are set out within Table 1. The average, maximum and minimum fines in relation to sales to a minor are set out in Table 2.

Sentences for offences of selling alcohol to a minor, 1998 to 2008

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

Sale of alcohol to person under 181

Total sentenced

2

2

2

2

2

2

15

21

317

479

320

Discharge

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

4

36

50

27

Fine

2

2

2

2

2

2

13

17

278

425

287

Community sentence

2

2

2

2

2

2

0

0

0

4

0

Otherwise dealt with

2

2

2

2

2

2

0

0

3

0

6

Proportion

Discharge

2

2

2

2

2

2

13.3

19.0

11.4

10.4

8.4

Fine

2

2

2

2

2

2

86.7

81.0

87.7

88.7

89.7

Community sentence

2

2

2

2

2

2

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.8

0.0

Otherwise dealt with

2

2

2

2

2

2

0.0

0.0

0.9

0.0

1.9

Allowing sale of alcohol to person under 183

Total sentenced

2

2

2

2

2

2

0

0

11

6

16

Discharge

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

1

0

2

Fine

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

10

6

14

Community sentence

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

0

0

0

Otherwise dealt with

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

0

0

0

Proportion

Discharge

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

9.1

0.0

12.5

Fine

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

90.9

100.0

87.5

Community sentence

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

0.0

0.0

0.0

Otherwise dealt with

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

0.0

0.0

0.0

Selling etc. intoxicating liquor to persons under 18 for consumption on the premises4,5

Total sentenced

157

115

56

53

105

416

590

742

526

40

23

Discharge

28

20

10

11

25

62

65

77

85

3

0

Fine

129

95

46

42

80

353

519

662

438

37

21

Community sentence

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Otherwise dealt with

0

0

0

0

0

1

6

3

3

0

2

Proportion

Discharge

17.8

17.4

17.9

20.8

23.8

14.9

11.0

10.4

16.2

7.5

0.0

Fine

82.2

82.6

82.1

79.2

76.2

84.9

88.0

89.2

83.3

92.5

91.3

Community sentence

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Otherwise dealt with

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.2

1.0

0.4

0.6

0.0

8.7

Wholesaler selling intoxicating liquor to a person under 186

Total sentenced

1

0

0

0

0

3

3

9

0

0

0

Discharge

0

0

0

0

0

3

1

3

0

0

0

Fine

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

6

0

0

0

Community sentence

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Otherwise dealt with

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Proportion

Discharge

0

2

2

2

2

100

33.3

33.3

2

2

2

Fine

100

2

2

2

2

0

66.7

66.7

2

2

2

Community sentence

0

2

2

2

2

0

0.0

0.0

2

2

2

Otherwise dealt with

0

2

2

2

2

0

0.0

0.0

2

2

2

Persistently selling alcohol to children7

Total sentenced

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

0

0

7

Discharge

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

3

Fine

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

4

Community sentence

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

0

Otherwise dealt with

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

0

Proportion

Discharge

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

42.9

Fine

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

57.1

Community sentence

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

0.0

Otherwise dealt with

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

0.0

1 S.146 Licensing Act 2003. 2 Not applicable. 3 S.147 Licensing Act 2003. 4 SS.169A & 169B Licensing Act 1964 as amended by Licensing (Young Persons) Act 2000. 5 Prior to the Licensing Act 2003 sale of alcohol to a person under 18 for consumption off the premises was included under this statute. 6 S.181A (1) Licensing Act 1964 as added by Licensing Act 1988 S.17. 7 S.147A Licensing Act 2003 as added by Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006. Note: 1. The statistics relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were sentenced. When a defendant has been sentenced for 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. 2. These figures have been drawn from administrative data systems. 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. Source: Justice Statistics—Analytical Services, Ministry of Justice. Ref: SENT(JSAS)040-10 (15/02/2010).

Average, maximum and minimum fines for offences of selling alcohol to a minor, 1998 to 2008

£

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

Sale of alcohol to person under 181

Average fine

2

2

2

2

2

2

205.8

250.6

323.9

375.3

378.3

Minimum fine

2

2

2

2

2

2

75

100

10

15

30

Maximum fine

2

2

2

2

2

2

450

500

2,000

3,000

4,250

Allowing sale of alcohol to person under 183

Average fine

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

275.5

466.7

602.7

Minimum fine

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

60

200

50

Maximum fine

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

750

1,000

4,000

Selling etc. intoxicating liquor to persons under 18 for consumption on the premises4,5

Average fine

212.3

194.5

206.4

208.2

249.4

253.2

238.2

245.9

293.5

275.7

376.0

Minimum fine

25

25

50

40

50

20

25

25

10

25

100

Maximum fine

900

600

500

750

1,000

1,000

62,000

62,500

62,000

1,000

1,000

Wholesaler selling intoxicating liquor to a person under 187

Average fine

50

2

2

2

2

2

160

233.3

2

2

2

Minimum fine

50

2

2

2

2

2

150

100

2

2

2

Maximum fine

50

2

2

2

2

2

170

500

2

2

2

Persistently selling alcohol to children8

Average fine

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

1,712.5

Minimum fine

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

100

Maximum fine

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

3,750

1 S.146 Licensing Act 2003. 2 Not applicable. 3 S.147 Licensing Act 2003. 4 SS.169A and 169B Licensing Act 1964 as amended by Licensing (Young Persons) Act 2000. 5 Prior to the Licensing Act 2003 sale of alcohol to a person under 18 for consumption off the premises was included under this statute. 6 The statutory maximum fine for this offence is £1,000. These figures are likely to be errors in the recording of either the fine amount or the offence committed. 7 S.181A (1) Licensing Act 1964 as added by Licensing Act 1988 S.17. 8 S.147A Licensing Act 2003 as added by Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006. Notes: 1. The statistics relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were sentenced. When a defendant has been sentenced for 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. 2. These figures have been drawn from administrative data systems. 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. Source: Justice Statistics—Analytical Services, Ministry of Justice. Ref: SENT(JSAS)040-10 (15/02/2010).