Political News Updates

13.05.2014

Prisoners: Suicide

Ms Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps his Department is taking to implement the recommendations of the Prison and Probation Ombudsman's (PPO) report on Learning from PPO Investigations: Risk factors in self-inflicted deaths in prisons. [197587]

Jeremy Wright: We will carefully consider the Ombudsman’s recommendations made in the Learning Lessons Bulletin on Risk Factors in self-inflicted deaths in prison to identify further learning. I also refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the Lord’s oral question on 6 February 2014, Official Report, column 36, announcing that the Government has established an Independent Review into the self-inflicted deaths of 18 to 24-year-olds in NOMS custody. The review is being led by Lord Harris of Haringey and will report by spring 2015. NOMS takes the safety of prisoners very seriously and draws learning from individual death in custody reports from the PPO as quickly as possible.