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Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

Volume 507: debated on Monday 15 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many retailers have been convicted of an offence of persistent sale of alcohol to a person under 18 years in each year since 2006. (315154)

The number of defendants found guilty at all courts of an offence of persistent sale of alcohol to a person less than 18 years, England and Wales can be viewed in the following table. Data are only available for 2008, when the offence came into force. Court proceedings data for 2009 are due to be published in autumn 2010.

Number of defendants convicted of an offence of persistently sale of alcohol to a person less than 18 years, 2006 to 20081,2





Persistently selling alcohol to children Licensing Act 2003 as added by Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006 S.147A




‘*’ = Not applicable—the Act came into force in 2008.

1 The statistics relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of 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 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 the courts and 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.

3 Excludes convictions data for Cardiff magistrates court for April, July, and August 2008.


Justice Statistics Analytical Services—Ministry of Justice