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Prisoners (Suicide)

Volume 129: debated on Thursday 10 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) how many (a) sentenced prisoners and (b) remand prisoners in Scotland committed suicide or attempted suicide whilst in custody in each year since 1975;(2) how many

(a) sentenced prisoners and (b) remand prisoners in Scotland inflicted a serious injury upon themselves whilst in custody in each year since 1975.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: The available information is as follows:

Year

Suicide

Self-inflicted

1

injury in custody

Sentenced Prisoners

Untried Prisoners

19751127
197622151
197721174
197822187
19793196
19801167

Year

Suicide

Self-inflicted

1

injury in custody

Sentenced Prisoners

Untried Prisoners

19813210
198221204
198342267
198414224
198552320
198643320
1987 (part year)

22

21

3

1 "self-inflicted injuries" include all cases of injury believed to have been self-inflicted while in custody. Separate figures are not available for cases of self-injury intended or suspected to be "attempted suicide".

2 Figures for "suicides" in 1987 are part-year and do not include deaths in custody for which a fatal accident inquiry determination is not yet available.

3 not yet available.