Under-age selling raises £800,000 in fines

11 June, 2009

The Treasury has raked in almost £800,000 in fines from retailers selling to under-18s in the past five years, it has been revealed.

The figure was released by the Home Office in response to a Parliamentary question posed by Liberal Democrat MP Paul Holmes.

The data, which covers the on and off-trades, shows that fines totalling £776,572 have been meted out between 2003 and 2007. But Home Office minister Alan Campbell pointed out that the figure related to “the whole amount of fines imposed, which will always be higher than the amount collected”.

In 2007 – the most recent year for which information was available – fines totalled £172,488, down from £221,334 the previous year.




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