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Custody: Death

Justice written question – answered on 18th January 2011.

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Photo of Jeremy Corbyn Jeremy Corbyn Labour, Islington North

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department spent on procedures associated with deaths in custody including (a) investigations by the Prison and Probation Ombudsman, (b) inquests and (c) other follow-up action in (i) 2007-08, (ii) 2008-09 and (iii) 2009-10.

Photo of Crispin Blunt Crispin Blunt Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice) (Prisons and Probation)

The information in the following table shows the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman's average cost of an investigation into a death for each financial year since 2007-08. Also shown is the number of death in prison custody investigations for each financial year since 2007-08.

Data on PPO death investigations
Average cost of a death investigation (£) Number of death in prison custody investigations
2007-08 17,153 183
2008-09 16,436 164
2009-10 16,239 179

Information about the procedural costs incurred on inquests by local authorities, who are responsible for funding the coroner system, is not held centrally

The procedural costs for any follow up actions related to deaths in prison custody in each financial year since 2007-08 are unknown and can be obtained only at disproportionate costs.

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