HC Deb 08 February 2001 vol 362 c632W
Mr. Key

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many deaths caused by self-inflicted wounds there were among serving armed forces personnel, broken down by(a) theatre of operations in which each occurred, (b) gender, (c) age and (d) ethnic group in each year from 1996. [149355]

Dr. Moonie

Between 1 January 1996 and 31 December 2000 there have been 138 self-inflicted deaths among serving members in the armed forces. The tables provide details of these deaths by theatre of operation and age. To ensure that individual service personnel confidentiality is not compromised it has been necessary to group together certain categories in these tables. Of the 138 self-inflicted deaths only three were female. In respect of the breakdown by ethnic groups there have been: 118 deaths in the "white" category; nine deaths recorded in an "unspecified" category, and one Gurkha death. There were an additional 10 deaths for which ethnic origin is not available.

Location 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
(a) Self inflicted deaths by theatre of operations:
UK Great Britain 20 25 13 24 26
Northern Ireland 12 4 5 2 7
Germany (BAOR)
Other Europe
Other Far East
Army and RAF
Other Overseas
Total 32 29 18 26 33
(b) Self inflicted deaths by age:
Under 25 13 11 4 10 12
25 to 34 13 10 9 10 14
35 and over 6 8 5 6 7
Total 32 29 18 26 33

Mr. Barnes

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 29 January 2001,Official Report, column 66W, if he will break down by age those who died of self-inflicted injuries, indicating in each case their length of service. [149211]

Dr. Moonie

[holding answer 7 February 2001]: I will write to my hon. Friend and a copy of my letter will be placed in the Library of the House.

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