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Prisoners (Contact With Next Of Kin)

Volume 982: debated on Wednesday 16 April 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions the next of kin of prisoners who died in prison service establishments for the period 1977 to 1979 inclusive quantities were taken in the waters of all member States under the same reciprocal agreements:were notified when the prisoner (

a) became seriously ill or sustained a severe injury and ( b) died.

It is the practice for next of kin—when known—to be notified of death, or when illness or injury is considered to be serious enough to warrant it, but the number of such occasions is not readily available.