Tobacco: Young People

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

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Photo of David Ruffley David Ruffley Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) offences were recorded, (b) police cautions have been issued and (c) fines have been imposed on (i) confectioners and tobacconists and (ii) other retailers selling tobacco products to those aged under 16 in each year since 1997; and what the average fine levied in each of those years was.

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

Information on the number of recorded offences of retailers selling tobacco products to those aged under 16 years 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. No information is collected centrally to distinguish between confectionists, tobacconists and other retailers.

Offenders( 1) cautioned( 2) and fined for selling tobacco etc. to persons under 16( 3) England and Wales
Number of police cautions issued Number of fines imposed Average fine amount (£)
1997 5 90 238
1998 115 226
1999 3 90 237
2000 2 113 349
2001 1 74 301
2002 2 67 283
2003 82 322
2004 50 274
2005 2 56 328
2006 3 51 330
(1) Companies, public bodies, etc. (2) These data are on a principal offence basis. (3) Children and Young Persons Act 1933 sec. 7 as amended by the Children and Young Persons (Protection from Tobacco) Act 1991 sec. 1 Note: 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. Source: Analytical Services, Ministry of Justice.

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