Alcohol Sales: Children

Home Department written question – answered on 9th May 2011.

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Photo of Mark Pawsey Mark Pawsey Conservative, Rugby

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what legislative proposals she plans to bring forward for further restrictions on the sale of alcohol to children.

Photo of Theresa May Theresa May Minister for Women and Equalities, The Secretary of State for the Home Department

The Government do not tolerate the sale of alcohol to children. The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill will double the maximum fine from £10,000 to £20,000, delivering on a coalition agreement commitment, and extend the minimum period of voluntary closure that can be given for persistent under-age sales. We are also committed to working with the Sentencing Council and the Crown Prosecution Service, in order to prosecute those found guilty of persistent under-age selling and to use the full range of sentences available.

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