Criminal Law

Part of Theft from Shops (Use of Penalty Notices for Disorder) – in the House of Commons at 4:39 pm on 11th March 2009.

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Photo of Douglas Hogg Douglas Hogg Conservative, Sleaford and North Hykeham 4:39 pm, 11th March 2009

May I ask my hon. Friend to emphasise, too, the undesirability of using fixed penalties in respect of sale of alcohol to persons under 18? After all, it is an important part of the Government's strategy to abate alcohol misuse, which lies at the root of much other crime, especially violence. That being so, surely fixed penalties for the sale of alcohol to persons under 18 are disproportionate and unwise.

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alan Parker
Posted on 12 Mar 2009 5:49 pm (Report this annotation)

Fixed penalties £80 are certainly disproportionate especially when Trading Standards use "agent provocateurs" to test a shop that has no "alleged" history of sale of alcohol to minors.Surely words of advice seem more appropriate than an excuse to raise revenue!!