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Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) prosecutions and (b) cautions there were in relation to selling alcohol to children and young people under the age of 18 years in (i) England and Wales and (ii) each police force area in each year since 1997. 
Mr. Coaker: The number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts and the number issued with a caution for offences relating to the sale of alcohol to persons under the age of 18 years in England and Wales, by police force area, 1997 to 2006 can be viewed in the following tables 1 and 2.
|Number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts for offences relating to the sale of alcohol to persons aged under 18 years, in England and Wales, by police force area, 1997 to 2006( 1,)( )( 2,)( )( 3,)( )( 4,)( )( 5)|
|(1) Data are on the principal offence basis.|
(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 police forces and courts. 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.
(3) Data include the following statutes and corresponding offence descriptions:
Licensing Act 2003 S.146
Sale of alcohol to person under 18.
Licensing Act 2003 S.147
Allowing sale of alcohol to person under 18.
Licensing Act 2003 S.147A
Persistently sell alcohol to children
Licensing (Occasional Permissions) Act 1983 Schedule (Sec. 3) para. 4(1). Licensing Act 1964 Sec. 169(1).
Holder of occasional permission or his agent knowingly selling to, knowingly allow consumption by or allowing any person to sell, intoxicating liquor to a person under 18. Selling etc. intoxicating liquor to person under 18 for consumption on the premises.
Licensing Act 1964 Sec. 181 A(1) as added by Licensing Act 1988 Sec. 17.
Wholesaler selling intoxicating liquor to a person under 18.
(4) Staffordshire police force were only able to submit sample data for persons proceeded against and convicted in the magistrates courts for the year 2000. Although sufficient to estimate higher orders of data, these data are not robust enough at a detailed level and have been excluded from the table.
(5) Figures include Other: Public bodies, companies, organisations.
Court proceedings data held by CJEAOffice for Criminal Justice ReformMinistry of Justice
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