To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 22 April (HL2771), why 1,887 people aged between 18 and 25 were found guilty of drinking offences in Northumbria compared to 172 in the Metropolitan Police area in 2007. [HL3021]
There are a number of reasons as to why these areas differ in numbers of young persons being found guilty of drinking offences. These are predominately around culture, geography, policy and priorities, although the difference cannot be directly attributed to any single factor. Local strategic assessments have been in place since April 2008 and an alcohol plan was a requirement of part of this.
These plans are specifically tailored to meet local needs, so will continue to impact on local policies and will highlight the different problems faced in different parts of the country, which will continue to create a disparity in numbers.