§ 24. Mr. Baldry
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the initiatives that are being taken to combat alcohol abuse by under-age drinkers.
§ Mr. Mellor
A working group of the Home Office standing conference on crime prevention is reviewing the problem of under-age drinking and will publish a report and recommendations in November. The Home Office crime prevention unit is helping local agencies to establish a demonstration project in Coventry, which will develop local strategies to tackle alcohol-related crime including under-age drinking. These initiatives are complementary to the health education work being undertaken by the Department of Health and Social Security, and the Department of Education and Science.