§ Mr. Hancock
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions for illegal sale of cigarettes were initiated in 1985 in England.
§ Mr. Mellor
Records readily available to me, which may be incomplete, show 45 prosecutions in England and Wales in 1984 for the offence of selling tobacco to a juvenile. This information is published annually in "Criminal Statistics, England and Wales, Supplementary Tables, 1984" (table S1.1(A) under classification 144). Corresponding information for 1985 is not yet available.