Oral Answers to Questions — Prisons (Suicides)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 3rd November 1949.

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Photo of Mr Ernest Fernyhough Mr Ernest Fernyhough , Jarrow 12:00 am, 3rd November 1949

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners in His Majesty's prisons have taken their own lives in the years 1946, 1947, 1948 and to date in 1949.

Photo of Mr James Ede Mr James Ede , South Shields

The numbers are seven, four, five and nine, respectively.

Photo of Mr Ernest Fernyhough Mr Ernest Fernyhough , Jarrow

Can my right hon. Friend give any explanation for the increase in the figures this year? Is it due to harsher treatment, or are the prisoners left completely without hope?

Photo of Mr James Ede Mr James Ede , South Shields

It will be seen that the numbers have varied in previous years. I do not think there is any significance to be attached to them.