§ Mr. John Patten
In the Criminal Justice Act 1991 the Government have put more responsibility on the parents of young offenders to look after their children properly. The 1991 Act strengthens courts' powers to require parents to attend court with their children, to pay their children's fines and to bind over the parents of convicted juvenile offenders. These provisions will come into force in October 1992.
§ Mr. Peter Lloyd
The decision to caution is a matter for the discretion of the police and it is not for the Home Secretary to specify how many cautions can be given to any offender.