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Prisoners: Self-harm

Volume 698: debated on Tuesday 29 January 2008

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.