Police failure to enforce existing legislation against drunken behaviour is frustrating ministers, The Guardian has reported. According to a document obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, Whitehall is distressed that powers to fine individuals and pubs, suspend or revoke licences, or even to prosecute landlords and private citizens are rarely invoked by law enforcement agencies. The document, a briefing for Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell, said: "Under present law, it is illegal to allow drunkenness on licensed premises or to serve someone who is drunk. … We would support the idea of some high-profile exemplar prosecutions. … Why are existing powers not being used?" The document pointed out that existing powers to reject the renewal of licences, close pubs on grounds of disorder, risk of disorder or excessive noise have been used in 0.1% of licence renewal applications. The newspaper’s article went on to point out it is often difficult for police to pin blame on antisocial behaviour on a specific pub. It also highlighted that that last year, a pilot scheme to test the full enforcement of such powers found that in only 2% of cases had an offence been committed.