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Prisoners (Suicides And Injuries)

Volume 81: debated on Tuesday 18 June 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many inmates have attempted suicide in prison in the current year to date and in each of the past five years.

The information readily available is as follows:

YearNumber of inmates who have committed suicideNumber of inmates who have attempted suicide
198026Not available
198121Not available
198222Not available
198326212
198426390†
1985*16
* To 17 June 1985.
† 1984 and first three months of 1985. The reporting period for collection of these statistics has recently been altered from the calendar to the financial year. In the transition, figures are readily available only for the 15 months 1 January 1984 to 31 March 1985.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many detainees attempted or committed suicide whilst in custody within the Metropolitan police area in each of the past five years and to date.

Information on the number of suicides whilst in police custody in the Metropolitan police area during the period in question is contained in the appropriate annual reports of the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis. No such suicides have been reported this year to date. Information on the number of attempted suicides is not available.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many self inflicted injuries had been recorded as being inflicted during imprisonment or detention at Her Majesty's prisons or detention centres; and if he will make a statement.

The information readily available relates to 1983 onwards and is as follows:

Self-inflicted injuries*at Prison Department Establishments
YearPrisonsDetention centresTotal
1983990221,012
1984 and first 3 months of 1985‡1,357251,392
* Self-inflicted injuries are defined as those injuries requiring medical treatment and include those with apparent suicidal intent.
† Prisons: includes youth custody centres and remand centres.
‡ The reporting period for collection of these stastistics has recently been altered from the calendar to the financial year. In the transition, figures are readily available only for the 15 months 1 January 1984 to 31 March 1985.