§ Mr. John:
I have been asked to reply.
Responsibility for prosecution rests with the various prosecuting authorities, whose decisions are in general based on the circumstances of individual cases.97W
It is a common practice to caution rather than prosecute juvenile offenders on the first occasion on which they come to the notice of the police.
A woman who has not previously been convicted of loitering or soliciting for the purpose of prostitution is not charged with an offence under the Street Offences Act 1959 unless she has been cautioned by the police on at least two occasions.