§ 31. Helen Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received concerning links between under-age drinking and violent and loutish behaviour in town centres. 
§ Mr. Michael
The public, police officers and local councillors have all indicated that alcohol-related crime and disorder, including that involving underage drinkers, is a significant problem. We have implemented the Confiscation of Alcohol (Young Persons) Act 1997 and will be legislating to clarify the law relating to adults buying alcohol for children and the use of children in test purchases. The Anti-Social Behaviour Order and other provisions in the Crime and Disorder Bill will also help with specific local problems.
It will be for the police and local authorities, with their partners, to assess the extent of such problems locally as part of the crime and disorder audit required under the Crime and Disorder Bill and to develop strategies to reduce violence and bad behaviour, including steps to deal with under-age drinking where necessary.