Licensing Laws

Home Department written question – answered on 11th July 2012.

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Photo of Ben Bradshaw Ben Bradshaw Labour, Exeter

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the use by police of powers to take action against licensees whose premises serve people who are (a) underage and (b) already intoxicated.

Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

In 2010, the Government carried out an extensive public consultation on the Licensing Act 2003, which includes a range of criminal offences. Following this, the Government legislated via the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 to increase the penalties and powers available to the police and local authorities in dealing with the criminal offence of persistently selling alcohol to children. The measures included doubling the maximum fine to £20,000 for persistent under-age sales. In the Alcohol Strategy, published in March this year, the Government announced further work with the police on the offence of knowingly selling alcohol to a person who is drunk.

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