asked Her Majesty's Government:
What measures are being taken in Northern Ireland to identify prisoners, including those on remand, who are vulnerable to self-harm or suicide; whether they are improving mental health assessments of prisoners on initial reception and after sentencing; and what are the implications for observing vulnerable prisoners while they are in their cells. [HL1124]
The Prison Service has introduced a considerable number of recent improvements and new initiatives in order to identify and support prisoners who are vulnerable to self-harm and suicide.
I will write to the noble Lord setting out the detail of these improvements and I will make arrangements for a copy of my letter to be placed in the Library.