HC Deb 24 April 1958 vol 586 cc97-8W
82. Mrs. Braddock

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he is aware of the continuing increase in convictions for drunkenness of young people; whether he will institute a Departmental or other public inquiry into the sources from which adolescents obtain intoxicants or acquire the habit of indulging in them, with particular reference to the times of day and the types of intoxicant; and what penalties have been recently imposed on those who supply intoxicating liquor to persons under 18.

Mr. Renton

My right hon. Friend shares the hon. Member's concern, though it is only fair to say that the number of convictions remains small in proportion to the population under 18, and he is considering ways of obtaining more information about the problem.

The maximum penalty for supplying intoxicating liquor for consumption on licensed premises to a person under 18 is £1 or £2 on a subsequent conviction. I regret that information about the actual penalties imposed is not available.