HC Deb 15 November 1982 vol 32 c15W
Mr. Meacher

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what investigation was carried out by his Department into how Mervyn Leroy Phillips came to suffer a heart attack while detained at Ashford remand centre, as a result of which he died there in June 1981; and if he will publish the results of such an investigation.

Mr. Mayhew

Any death in a prison department establishment is referred to HM coroner who is responsible for inquiring into the circumstances. An inquest on Mr. Phillips' death was held in public on 8 October 1981 and the jury returned a verdict of death by natural causes.