asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what was, for each of the last five years, the number of suicides and the number of attempted suicides of persons detained in prison;(2) what were the numbers of suicides or attempted suicides in each of the past five years of persons in the population as a whole, other than those in prison.
Information on the number of suicides in prison department establishments for the last 11 years is published in "Prison statistics England and Wales"—table 10·4 of the volume for 1981, Cmnd. 8654.In relation to the population as a whole, the numbers of verdicts of suicide returned at coroners' inquests in England and Wales in the same years were published in table 5 of Home Office Statistical Bulletin, issue No. 23/82 on 9 November 1982. Figures are not collected centrally on the number of attempted suicides in prison department establishments or for the population as a whole.