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Alcohol Written Answer, 17/08/09 [S]

Written Answer given in response to Bill Aitken's (Cons) question asking the Scottish Executive how many test purchases were carried out in off-sales and on-sales between January 2009 and June 2009 and how many resulted in alcohol being sold to an (a) underage person and (b) underage person for the second time, broken down by police force.

The Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Kenny MacAskill, replied that the use of test purchasing is an operational decision for each police force. It is understood that most test purchasing is intelligence-led and deployed in premises with a perceived problem of sales of alcohol to those under the age of 18.

In Scotland between Janaury and June 2009 424 off-sales were tested with 54 failing a first test purchase and 1 failing a second test purchase. 11 on-sales were tested with 8 failing a first test purchase and 1 failing a second.

For the full answer to this and other questions see the Scottish Parliament Written Answers Report 17 - 21 August 2009 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Written Answers Report 17 - 21 August 2009