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Prison Suicides

Dr. Evan Harris: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many suicides of (a) women and (b) men occurred in prison in England in the (i) last six years and (ii) most recent year for which figures are available. [70609]

Hilary Benn: The information requested is given in the table.

Number of self-inflicted deaths for males and females in prisons in England and Wales, 1996 to 2002(25)


(25) To 15 July 2002

(26) To date

The Prison Service employs the term "self-inflicted death" (which includes all those deaths where it appears that the person may have acted specifically to take his/her own life) rather than suicide.

Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer of 26 February 2002, Official Report, column 1239W, on prison hospital suicides, if he will make a statement on the timetable for the Prison Service review of the suicide prevention strategy; and what progress has been made. [68261]

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Hilary Benn [holding answer 5 July 2002]: The Prison Service suicide prevention strategy was reviewed in 2000 and my right hon. Friend the Member for Blackburn (Mr. Straw), the then Home Secretary, announced the launch of the new three-year suicide and self-harm strategy in February 2001. Work on the development of the new strategy started in April 2001 and will run to March 2004.

One of the projects currently being developed as part of the new strategy is the Care of Prisoners project. This project includes a review of procedures for prisoners at risk of suicide and self-harm (the F2052SH system) referred to in the answer to my right hon. Friend's question of 26 February. A new process for managing at risk prisoners is being developed and will be piloted in the autumn.

Police Stations

Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many functioning police stations there were, broken down by (a) police force and (b) local authority area, in each year since 1997. [42371]

Mr. Denham: Chief constables have provided information on the number of police stations functioning in the years since 1997. This is given in the table. Police and local authority areas now coincide.

Comprehensive information is available for the three years to March 2000, March 2001 and March 2002, but in some cases forces were unable to provide data for earlier years. This is reflected in the table.

Police station numbers 1997–2002

Force: at March199719981999200020012002
Avon and Somerset353639394142
City of London222222
Devon and Cornwall716868656564
Greater Manchester827470706868
North Wales545251
North Yorkshire353535
South Wales138137136125122119
South Yorkshire848682807775
Thames Valley534755555153
West Mercia535353535353
West Midlands727069686869
West Yorkshire404040

(27) The apparent loss of 12 stations by the Metropolitan police service between March 2000 and March 2001 reflects transfers to boundary forces in April 2000; Essex (2), Herts (4) and Surrey (6).

(28) Individual force figures are given where available. Some forces are unable to provide numbers for years before March 2000.

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Police Numbers (London)

Mr. Wray: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many extra police officers have been drafted into London after the events of 11 September. [28935]

Mr. Denham: The Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis informs me that no officers were drafted into London from other forces following the events of September 11. However, officers from all London boroughs were deployed to meet security needs. Crime statistics published on 12 July (Home Office Statistical Bulletin 07/02) showed that, in the period following this redeployment of officers, there were falls in recorded burglary in Westminster and rises in outer London boroughs. A less marked effect was seen in relation to levels of vehicle crime, but there was no noticeable impact on robbery in Westminster during the same period. Operational deployment is a matter for the Commissioner.


Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent research he has commissioned on (a) improper influence of jurors and (b) intimidation of jurors. [67653]

Hilary Benn: No recent research has been commissioned on the improper influence and intimidation of jurors. The Home Office has commissioned more general research into juries and jurors' experiences and perceptions of the criminal justice system. A report is scheduled for publication later this year.

Antisocial Behaviour Orders

Mr. Hepburn: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been made in south Tyneside. [3070]

Mr. Denham: Antisocial behaviour orders (ASBOs) are community-based civil orders, which can be applied for by the police or local authority, in consultation with each other against an individual or several individuals whose behaviour is antisocial. Applications are to the magistrates court acting in its civil capacity.

ASBOs were introduced from 1 April 1999. The data given in the table cover the period up to the end of December 2001 (latest available).

We are currently considering whether any further checks are needed to ensure the accuracy of the number of ASBOs reported.

Number of antisocial behaviour orders issued, as reported to the Home Office, from 1 April 1999 to 31 December 2001 within Northumbria by local government authority

Area1 April 1999 to 31 May 2000(29)1 June 2000 to 31 December 20001 January 2001 to 31 December 2001Total
Police force area/MCC(30)
Local government authority
Gateshead MB(31)33
North Tyneside(31)22
South Tyneside(31)112
Sunderland, City of(31)11

(29) Total figure available only for Northumbria police force area within this period. Local government authority not known.

(30) MCC—magistrates courts committee area.

(31) Not available.

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Mrs. Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he plans to publish a report on the use and effectiveness of ASBOs; [37773]

Mr. Denham [holding answer 27 February 2002]: A commitment was made to Parliament during the passage of the Crime and Disorder Bill to review the antisocial behaviour order (ASBO) after two years. A review, covering their use and effectiveness, has been undertaken and will be published shortly.

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