Prisoners: Suicide

Justice written question – answered on 28th February 2012.

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Photo of Tom Brake Tom Brake Liberal Democrat, Carshalton and Wallington 28th February 2012

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will make it his policy that the July 2012 safer custody bulletin should include the (a) date of first reception into custody and (b) sentence length, where the prisoner had been sentenced, for each prisoner who committed suicide in custody in England and Wales in 2011.

Photo of Crispin Blunt Crispin Blunt Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice) (Prisons and Probation) 28th February 2012

The Safety in Custody bulletin is an official statistics publication and as such the content is overseen by the Ministry of Justice chief statistician. On 23 February we published our annual consultation on the Ministry of Justice and its arm’s length bodies’ statistical work-plan. Within this are our plans to review the Safety in Custody annual statistics bulletin, looking at the range of tables we publish and the frequency of publication. The right hon. Member’s request will be taken into account in that review.

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