Prisons: Informers

Home Department written question – answered on 5th March 2007.

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Photo of Henry Bellingham Henry Bellingham Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prison informants (a) self-harmed and (b) committed suicide (i) whilst detained in prison and (ii) after leaving prison in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Gerry Sutcliffe Gerry Sutcliffe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

It is not Prison Service policy to confirm or deny details on the use of covert human intelligence sources.

In any event, information about self-harm and deaths amongst prisoners or people released from prison is not collated centrally in the requested format and could be obtained only at disproportionate costs.

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