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Prisons (Suicides)

Volume 78: debated on Wednesday 1 May 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many attempted suicides there were in each penal establishment in 1984 and so far in 1985.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he is satisfied with the measures taken at Pentonville prison to prevent suicides.

A recent suicide at Pentonville revealed that there had been a failure in the procedure for checking on inmates at the beginning of the day; the governor has taken action to remedy this and I am not aware of any other specific points of this kind that need attention at Pentonville. I naturally regret the two suicides that have taken place in the prison so far this year, but, taking the figures for the last five years, it is clear that suicide is no more frequent at Pentonville than at other comparable establishments.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the age, sex, prison and accommodation occupied by each of those who committed suicide in penal establishments in 1984.

The available information is as follows. Details of the location of the prisoners concerned are not recorded centrally.

AgeSexPrison
1.44MaleBrixton
2.31MaleBrixton
3.33MaleParkhurst
4.37MaleParkhurst
5.27MaleNorwich
6.53MaleWormwood Scrubs
7.17MaleSwansea
8.19MalePentonville
9.23MaleBrixton
10.47MaleDurham
11.26MaleNorwich
12.22MaleExeter
13.37MaleLeeds
14.24MalePreston
15.44MalePortsmouth
16.43MaleExeter
17.27MaleBrixton
18.37MaleShrewsbury
19.26MaleLewes
20.24MaleWandsworth
21.34MaleWakefield
22.37MaleBrixton