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Licensing Laws

Justice written question – answered on 30th June 2014.

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Photo of Diana R. Johnson Diana R. Johnson Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were convicted of an offence under Sections 141, 142, 146, 147A and 149 (1, 3 and 4), 151, 152 or 153 of the Licensing Act 2003 in the last 12 months; and how many of those convicted were fined the maximum amount stipulated in that Act for those offences.

Photo of Jeremy Wright Jeremy Wright The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The number of offenders found guilty at all courts of the listed offences related to the Licensing Act 2003, in England and Wales, from 2009 to 2013, alongside the number of offenders given the maximum allowable sentence, can be viewed in the following table:

Offenders found guilty at all courts for offences relating to the Licensing Act 2003, England and Wales, 2009-131, 2
Offence description   2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
S.141—Sale of alcohol to a person who is drunk Convictions 6 3 5 10 5
  Maximum sentence3 0 0 0 0 0
             
S. 142—Obtaining alcohol for a person who is drunk Convictions 0 1 1 1 1
  Maximum sentence3 0 0 0 0 0
             
S.146—Sale of alcohol to person under-18 Convictions 331 258 194 182 128
  Maximum sentence4 0 0 0 0 0
             
S.147A—Persistently selling alcohol to children Convictions 3 6 7 10 1
  Maximum sentence5 0 0 0 0 0
             
S.149 (1 and 7a) Purchase of alcohol by an individual under 187 Convictions 4 0 1 1 2
  Maximum sentence3 0 0 0 0 0
             
S.149 (3, 4 and 7b)—Buying or attempting to buy alcohol on behalf of an individual under-187 Convictions 25 19 20 11 5
  Maximum sentence4 0 0 0 0 0
             
S. 151—Knowingly delivering to a person aged under-18 alcohol sold or supplied on premises Convictions 0 0 1 0 0
  Maximum sentence4 0 0 0 0 0
             
S.152—Sending a person aged under-18 to obtain alcohol Convictions 0 0 0 0 0
  Maximum sentencer4 0 0 0 0 0
             
5.153—Responsible person allowing individual aged under-18 to sell or supply alcohol Convictions 0 1 0 2 1
  Maximum sentence6 0 0 0 0 1
             
Total Convictions 369 288 229 217 143
  Maximum sentence 0 0 0 0 1
1 The figures given in the table 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. 2 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 be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used. 3 The maximum allowable sentence for this offence is a £1,000 fine. 4 The maximum allowable sentence for this offence is a £5,000 fine. 5 The maximum allowable sentence for this offence is a £10,000 fine. 6 The maximum allowable sentence for this offence is a £200 fine. 7 Data for offences under section 149 of the act are split into two groups within the court proceedings database and are therefore presented separately in the table: parts 1 and 7a—persistently selling alcohol to children, parts 3, 4 and 7—buying or attempting to buy alcohol on behalf of an individual under-18. Source: Justice Statistics Analytical Services—Ministry of Justice.

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