Alcoholic Drinks

Home Department written question – answered on 20th March 2014.

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Photo of Mark Tami Mark Tami Opposition Whip (Commons), Opposition Pairing Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department

(1) what recent discussions she has had with representatives of the online retail industry to discuss the sale of alcohol online;

(2) what steps she is taking to promote the responsible sale of alcohol online;

(3) how often she has met representatives of the online retail industry to discuss the sale of age-restricted products in the last two years;

(4) what support her Department provides to online retailers to help them identify minors when selling age restricted products.

Photo of Norman Baker Norman Baker The Minister of State, Home Department

Home Office Ministers have meetings with a wide variety of partners and other organisations and individuals in the public and private sectors, as part of the process of policy development and delivery. Details of these meetings are passed to the Cabinet Office on a quarterly basis and are subsequently published on the gov.uk website at:

https://www.gov.uk/search?tab=departments-policy-results&q =Ministers%27+hospitality%2C+gifts%2C+travel+and+meetings

The Home Secretary has issued guidance to licensing authorities under the Licensing Act 2003 including on the law with regard to online sales of alcohol. All licensed premises conducting online sales must, as a minimum, require those who appear to be under 18 years of age to produce identification bearing their photograph, date of birth and a holographic mark on request, before being served alcohol. Online age verification measures should also be used to ensure, where possible, that alcohol is not sold to any person under the age of 18. This Government has increased the powers available to the police and local authorities to deal with the offence of persistently selling alcohol to children and has doubled the maximum fine to £20,000. These new measures came into force in April 2012.

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