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(1) Information has been obtained from the PSimon reporting system. Data have also been published in the Prison Service annual report, Office for Contracted Prisons Statement of Performance and the Regional Commissioning and Partnerships annual report available on the HMPS and NOMS website.
(2) HMP Bronzefield did not open until June 2004.
(3) HMP Peterborough did not open until March 2005.
Mr. Heath: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners in each contracted-out prison (a) committed suicide, (b) attempted suicide and (c) deliberately self-harmed in each of the last five years. 
Maria Eagle: In response to parts (a) and (c) of the question, the following tables list (i) the numbers of self-inflicted deaths and (ii) the numbers of self-harm incidents, for the 11 contracted prisons in England and Wales. Regarding part (b) of the question, attempted suicide is not recorded in prisons as it is not possible to measure suicidal intent.
|(i) Self-inflicted deaths( 1)|
|(1 )The Prison Service/NOMS definition of self-inflicted deaths is broader than the legal definition of suicide and includes all deaths where it appears that a prisoner has acted specifically to take their own life. This inclusive approach is used in part because inquest verdicts are often not available for some years after a death (some 20 per cent. of these deaths will not receive a suicide or open verdict at inquest). Annual numbers may change slightly from time to time as inquest verdicts and other information become available.|
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