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Question for Written Answer

Volume 698: debated on Monday 21 January 2008

My honourable friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Ivan Lewis) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

I regret that the Answer given to the honourable Member for Aylesbury (David Lidington) on 17 December (Official Report, col. 1196W) about the number of deaths in custody at Broadmoor Hospital was incorrect. The correct information is as follows.

The information is not held centrally. However, Broadmoor Hospital has supplied the following data in the attached table.

Deaths in Broadmoor since 1997 from West London Mental Health NHS Trust

Year

Number of suicides (suspected or with inquest verdict)

Other deaths (natural causes)

Total deaths

1997

1

5

6

1998

2

1

3

1999

6

6

12

2000

1

3

4

2001

0

2

2

2002

2

4

6

2003

0

1

1

2004

0

4*

4

2005

3

2

3

2006

0

3

3

2007 (to 30/11/07)

3

2

5

* This includes one homicide.