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Tobacco

House of Lords written question – answered on 12th May 2011.

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Photo of Lord Kennedy of Southwark Lord Kennedy of Southwark Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have been prosecuted for selling tobacco products to those who are under the legal age each year since 2000.

Photo of Lord McNally Lord McNally Deputy Leader of the House of Lords, The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, Liberal Democrat Leader in the House of Lords

The number of persons proceeded against at the magistrates' court under the Children and Young Persons Act 1933 as amended by the Children and Young Persons (Protection from Tobacco) Act 1991, England and Wales, 2000 to 2009, can be viewed in the table.

Court proceedings data for 2010 are planned for publication on 26 May 2011.

Number of persons proceeded against at the magistrates' court under the Children and Young Persons Act 1933 as amended by the Children and Young Persons (Protection from Tobacco) Act 1991(1), England and Wales, 2000-2009(2)(3)
Statute Year Proceeded against
Children and Young Persons Act 1933 as amended by Children and Young Persons (Protection from Tobacco) Act 1991 2000 152
2001 110
2002 100
2003 111
2004 74
2005 79
2006 66
2007 61
2008(4) 102
2009 199

(1) Offences include:

Sale of tobacco etc

Sale of unpackaged cigarettes

Failure to display warning statement

(2) The figures given in the table on court proceedings relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences it is the offence for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe.

(3) 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 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.

(4) Excludes data for Cardiff magistrates' court for April, July and August 2008.

Ref: PQ HL 8847

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