HC Deb 25 January 1990 vol 165 c880W
109. Mr. O'Brien

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he has considered extending the powers of the police to suppress under-age drinking of alcohol; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. John Patten

The Licensing Act 1988 made it easier for police to take action against landlords who sell alcohol to people under 18. I am satisfied that police powers in enforcing the licensing law are sufficient and effective. There is also a part for schools to play in providing health education about the dangers of alcohol misuse, and for parents in discouraging their children from drinking alcohol.