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Prisoners (Deaths)

Volume 959: debated on Thursday 30 November 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the cause of death of each of the 24 men who died from natural causes while in custody in 1977; what were their ages, what were their offences; where each died and why they were not released.

The available information is limited to victims of persons convicted of offences of homicide. It shows that 102 of the 393 people convicted of homicides recorded in 1976 had at some time served a sentence of imprisonment or been detained under section 65 of the Mental Health Act 1959. There were 99 victims of these offences. Comparable information for other years cannot be provided without disproportionate cost.