Young Offenders: Suicide

Home Department written question – answered on 21st March 2007.

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Photo of David Lidington David Lidington Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) attempted suicides, (b) threats of suicide and (c) incidents of self-harm there were in each young offenders institution in (i) 2003, (ii) 2004, (iii) 2005, (iv) 2006 and (v) 2007 to date; and if he will make a statement.

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

holding answer 19 March 2007

In response to (a), there is no definition of what constitutes an attempted suicide, as it is very difficult to measure suicidal intent.

The information requested at (b) is not collated centrally in the requested format and could be obtained only at a disproportionate cost.

The exact information requested at (c) is not available. Self-harm figures are derived from a national recording system of each incident of self-harm in prison, the majority of which are minor, and can only be considered as an estimate.

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