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Suicide: Internet

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 3 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on how many occasions inquests have identified internet sites as a contributory cause of suicide in each of the last five years; and in how many such cases the suicide was committed by someone under the age of (a) 15, (b) 18, (c) 21 and (d) 25 years. (259491)

Information collected by the Ministry of Justice relates solely to the number of verdicts of suicide returned: no information is collected regarding the circumstances of each case. Although the Ministry of Justice is collecting from coroners, as part of the annual statistical return, data on the age at death of those persons whose deaths have been the subject of inquests, the information collected will not reveal the age profile relating to suicide, or any other particular verdict.

The total number of verdicts of suicide returned at inquests by coroners in England and Wales in each of the last five years for which data are available is as follows:

Total number of verdicts of suicide returned by coroners in England and Wales

Number

2003

3,255

2004

3,368

2005

3,235

2006

3,220

2007

3,007

Note:

Statistics for 2008 are not available.