§ Mr. Colvin
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions there have been during the last five years for which records are available in cases relating to juveniles purchasing alcohol from (a) supermarkets and (b) home brew outlets.
§ Mr. Mellor
The information available to me, which may be incomplete to a varying extent in different years, is shown in the following table. The information collected centrally does not include details of the circumstances of the offence.
Persons proceeded against for selling intoxicating liquor to persons under 18 and persons under 18 proceeded against for buying or consuming intoxicating liquor in licensed premises. England and Wales Number of defendants Total Selling liquor Buying liquor 1980 4,506 439 4,067 1981 3,175 410 2,765 1982 2,254 323 1,931 1983 1,934 307 1,627 1984 1,485 314 1,171