HL Deb 21 January 1998 vol 584 cc254-5WA
Lord Avebury

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many people over and under 21 respectively died in 1997 in the custody of the Prison Service in England and Wales; the Prison Service in Scotland; the police in England and Wales; the police in Scotland; the special hospitals in England and Wales and the Armed Forces respectively; how many of the deaths in each of these cases were self inflicted; and what proportion each of these figures represented of the average number in custody during the year in each of these classes of establishment.[HL48]

Lord Williams of Mostyn

The available information is as follows:

Deaths in Custody in 1997
Over 21 21 and under Total
Prison Service (England and Wales)
97 (self-inflicted 53) 18 (self-inflicted 17) 115
Prison Service (Scotland)
16 (self-inflicted 11) 3 (self-inflicted 3) 19
Police Service (England and Wales) April 1996—March 1997
53 (self-inflicted 8) 4 (self-inflicted 2) 157
Police Service (Scotland)
10 (self-inflicted I) I (self-inflicted 0) 111
High Security Hospitals (England and Wales)
14 (self-inflicted 3) Nil 14
Armed Forces
Nil Nil Nil
1Includes deaths in custody outside the police station.

Information on the average daily population in the custody of each of these services in 1997 is not readily available, but deaths in custody obviously represent a minute proportion of the total figures.