Off-licence Alcohol Sales

Home Department written question – answered on 10th January 2005.

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Photo of Professor Ross Cranston Professor Ross Cranston Labour, Dudley North

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions there have been for off-licence alcohol sales to people (a) already under the influence of alcohol and (b) under the age of 18 years in each of the last 10 years.

Photo of Paul Goggins Paul Goggins Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Home Office

The Home Office Court Proceedings database gives the number of defendants proceeded against in England and Wales, 1994 to 2003, for the offences of: "Selling etc., intoxicating liquor to persons under 18 for consumption on the premises" (including "wholesaler selling intoxicating liquor to a person under 18") and "permitting drunkenness or riotous conduct on the premise, or selling liquor to a drunken person".

Number of defendants proceeded against for certain offences relating to the sale of alcohol(5507180066), England and Wales 1994 to 2003
Offence description Statute Year Proceeded against
Permitting drunkenness or riotous conduct on Licensing Act 1964, Sec 172;Licensing Act (Occasional 1994 14
the premises or selling liquor to a drunken person Permissions)Act 1983, Sec 3 (Sch para 6) 1995 19
1996 8
1997 9
1998 22
1999 13
2000 10
2001 10
2002 7
2003 8
Selling intoxicating liquor to persons under 18 Licensing Act 1964, Secs 169 A&B; Licensing (Occasional 1994 138
for consumption on the premises(5507180067) Permissions) Act 1983, Schedule (Sec 3) para 4(1) 1995 198
1996 251
1997 215
1998 311
1999 205
2000 132
2001 158
2002 170
2003 616

(5507180066) These data are on the principal offence basis.

(5507180067) Includes "wholesaler selling intoxicating liquor to a person under 18".

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