HC Deb 03 April 1985 vol 76 c604W
Mr. Williams

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many suicides and attempted suicides have occurred in Swansea prison in the last two years; how this record compares with that of other prisons; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Mellor

Verdicts of suicide have been returned on 21 prisoners who died in 1983 and 23 prisoners who died in 1984: one of the deaths in 1984 occurred at Swansea. There were also 221 incidents of self-injury with apparent suicidal intent in 1983, of which eight were at Swansea; later figures are not available. Fifteen deaths of prisoners in 1984 and 1985 are still subject to inquests: we are provisionally taking the view that one case at Swansea in 1984 and another in 1985 were cases of suicide.