Alcoholic Drinks: Children

Home Department written question – answered on 30th April 2008.

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Photo of Tobias Ellwood Tobias Ellwood Shadow Minister (Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were (a) cautioned, (b) prosecuted and (c) given a penalty notice for disorder for knowingly allowing the consumption of alcohol on licensed premises by a child in each of the last two years.

Photo of Vernon Coaker Vernon Coaker Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office) (Crime Reduction)

Children are unable to commit this offence, as this offence applies only to those persons who work at the licensed premises in a capacity which authorises them to prevent the consumption of alcohol by those aged under 18.

The number of persons issued with a caution, penalty notice for disorder, or proceeded against at magistrates courts for the offence of knowingly allowing consumption of alcohol by an under 18-year-old on relevant premises in England and Wales for the years 2005 to 2006 can be viewed in the following tables 1 and 2.

N umber of persons issued with a caution, and proceeded against at magistrates courts for a certain alcohol offence in England and Wales for the years 2005 to 2006( 1,2,3,4,5)
2005 2006
Offence description Proceeded against Cautions( 3) Proceeded against Cautions( 3)
Person knowingly allows consumption by individual aged under 18 of alcohol 0 0 0 2
(1) These data are on the principal offence basis.

(2) Data include the following offence descriptions and corresponding statutes:

Person knowingly allows consumption by individual aged under 18 of alcohol. Licensing Act 2003 s.150(2)

(3) From 1 June 2000 the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 came into force nationally and removed the use of cautions for persons under 18 and replaced them with reprimands and final warnings. Reprimands and final warnings are included in the above data.

(4) The Licensing Act 2003 came into force on 24 November 2005.

(5) 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, other agencies, 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.

Source:

Court proceedings data held by RDS—Office for Criminal Justice Reform—Ministry of Justice

N umber of persons issued with a penalty notice for disorder for the offence Allowing consumption of alcohol by under 18 on relevant premises in England and Wales for the year 2006( 1,2,3,4)
Allowing consumption of alcohol by under 18 on relevant premises
2005 27
2006 14
(1) These data are on the principal offence basis.

(2) Data include the following offence descriptions and corresponding statute:

Allowing consumption of alcohol by a person under 18 on relevant premises. s.50(2) of the Licensing Act 2003

(3) New legislative reference with effect from, 24 November 2005 on implementation of Licensing Act 2003.

4. 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, other agencies, 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.

Source:

Court proceedings data held by RDS—Office for Criminal Justice Reform—Ministry of Justice

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