Thursday, 8 November 2012

Questions (131)

Damien English

Question:

131. Deputy Damien English asked the Minister for Finance if he will provide in tabular form the total number of inspections by Revenue and Customs for under age alcohol selling, sale of alcohol outside opening hours, valid license and duty paid on Stock in 2009, 2010, 2011 and to date in 2012; the number of compliant inspections; the number of cases brought and the number of convictions as a result of these cases; the total cost of these inspections for each year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49361/12]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

I am advised by the Revenue Commissioners that inspections for under age alcohol selling and the sale of alcohol outside opening hours are a matter for the Garda Síochána. I understand the Minister for Justice will provide this information to the Deputy directly. The main thrust of Revenue’s compliance programmes in relation to licensing is to target persons for enquiry who do not hold appropriate valid licences in respect of the activities that they carry on. In addition, checks are carried out on businesses selling alcohol products to ensure that all stock is correctly duty paid.

Regarding the total cost of these inspections for each year, inspections form part of Revenue’s overall compliance programmes, and a separate breakdown of costs in relation to alcohol licensing activities is not available.

Unlicensed Alcohol Trading

Year

Number of Inspections

No. of Cases brought to Court

No. of Convictions

2009

434

86

72

2010

1288

82

71

2011

1081

80

77

01/01/2012 -31/10/2012

895

109

102

Trading in Non Duty Alcohol Products

Year

Number of Inspections

No. of Cases brought to Court

No. of Convictions

2009

570

28

21

2010

1179

36

32

2011

964

14

8

01/01/2012 -31/10/2012

442

10

10