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Licensing Act 1988

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17Sales to or by persons under 18 of intoxicating liquor on wholesale premises.

The following section shall be inserted after section 181 of the principal Act—

181ASales to or by persons under 18 of intoxicating liquor on wholesale premises.

(1)In any premises from which he deals wholesale the wholesaler or his servant shall not sell intoxicating liquor to a person under eighteen.

(2)In any premises from which he deals wholesale the wholesaler shall not allow a person under eighteen to make any sale of intoxicating liquor unless the sale has been specifically approved by the wholesaler or by a person of or over the age of eighteen acting on his behalf.

(3)A person under eighteen shall not in premises from which intoxicating liquor is dealt in wholesale buy or attempt to buy such liquor.

(4)In proceedings for an offence under subsection (1) of this section—

(a)where the person charged is charged by reason of his own act, it shall be a defence for him to prove—

(i)that he exercised all due diligence to avoid the commission of an offence under that subsection; or

(ii)that he had no reason to suspect that the other person was under eighteen; and

(b)where the person charged is charged by reason of the act of some other person, it shall be a defence for him to prove that he exercised all due diligence to avoid the commission of an offence under that subsection.

(5)A person guilty of an offence under subsection (1) or (3) of this section shall be liable to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale.

(6)A person guilty of an offence under subsection (2) of this section shall be liable to a fine not exceeding level 1 on the standard scale.

(7)In this section “wholesaler” and “wholesale” have the same meaning as in section 4 of the Alcoholic Liquor Duties Act 1979.

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