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Written Answers

Monday 3 November 2008

Access to Work Scheme

Baroness Scott of Needham Market asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Work and Pensions (Lord McKenzie of Luton): One of the basic eligibility criteria for access to work is that applicants should be in or about to start paid employment. Councillors and elected officials who receive payment only for expenses such as travel and subsistence are treated as voluntary workers and are not eligible for access to work. Some councillors, however, receive allowances over and above payment for expenses. Where these allowances are classed as taxable income by HM Revenue and Customs we can treat the person as in employment and provided other conditions are satisfied, we can pay access to work.

We are reviewing our guidance to access to work advisers to ensure it is clear.

Alcohol

Lord Jones of Cheltenham asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): The number of young persons who were proceeded against at magistrates' courts or issued with a reprimand/final warning for the offence of purchasing alcohol whilst under the age of 18 years can be viewed in the attached tables one and two. From June 2000, cautions for offenders under 18 years old were replaced by reprimands and final warnings. The data have been broken down by age and police force area.

The number of young persons aged 16 to 17 who were issued with a penalty notice for disorder (PND) for the offence of purchasing alcohol whilst under the age of 18 years can be viewed in the attached table three. (The PND scheme was rolled-out to all police forces in England and Wales in 2004)

Court proceedings and PND data for 2007 will be available in November 2008.



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The number of young persons aged 16 to 17 years issued with a penalty notice for disorder for the offence buying or attempting to buy alcohol by person under 18 in England and Wales for the years 2005 to 2006(1)(2)(3)
Buying alcohol by person under 18Buying or attempting to buy alcohol by person under 18
Police force2005(4)2006

Avon and Somerset

-

-

Bedfordshire

-

-

British Transport Police

-

1

Cambridgeshire

-

-

Cheshire

-

-

Cleveland

-

-

Cumbria

-

4

Derbyshire

-

-

Devon and Cornwall

-

3

Dorset

-

-

Durham

-

-

Essex

1

-

Gloucestershire

-

1

Greater Manchester

1

-

Hampshire

-

1

Hertfordshire

-

13

Humberside

1

2

Kent

-

1

Lancashire

2

9

Leicestershire

-

-

Lincolnshire

-

1

London, City of

-

-

Merseyside

5

7

Metropolitan Police

-

-

Norfolk

-

-

North Yorkshire

-

1

Northamptonshire

-

-

Northumbria

1

2

Nottinghamshire

-

-

South Yorkshire

-

-

Staffordshire

-

7

Suffolk

-

-

Surrey

-

1

Sussex

5

3

Thames Valley

-

-

Warwickshire

-

-

West Mercia

-

2

West Midlands

-

-

West Yorkshire

-

-

Wiltshire

-

-

England

16

59

Dyfed-Powys

-

-

Gwent

-

1

North Wales

1

2

South Wales

-

-

Wales

1

3

England and Wales

17

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