To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences (a) in England and Wales and (b) in each police force area were recorded in respect of retailers selling video games or DVDs to underage customers in each year since 1997; how many related police cautions were issued in each of those years; and (i) how many related fines were issued and (ii) what the average fine levied was in each of those years.
Information on the number of recorded offences of retailers selling video games or DVDs to underage customers is not collected centrally. This is a summary offence and is not included in the police recorded crime statistics.
Statistics on the number of police cautions issued, the number of fines imposed and the average fines have been provided by the Ministry of Justice and are given in the following table for 1997-2006.
|Offenders( 1) cautioned( 2) and fined for supplying video recording of classified work in breach of classification( 3—) England and Wales|
|Number of police cautions issued||Number of fines imposed||Average fine amount (£)|
|(1) Companies, public bodies, etc. |
(2) These data are on a principal offence basis.
These figures have been drawn from administrative data systems. Although care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system.
Analytical Services, Ministry of Justice