HC Deb 01 April 1976 vol 908 c556W
Mr. Douglas-Mann

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have died, by accident and by suicide, respectively, whilst in custody during each of the last five years.

Dr. Summerskill

The following table gives the numbers of accidental deaths and suicides recorded in penal establishments in the last five years according to the finding of coroners to whom all deaths of persons in custody are reported in accordance with Rule 19(2) of the Prison Rules 1964:

Accidental Suicide
1971 2 13
1972 13
1973 3 14
1974 6
1975 (provisional 3 14