§ 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.