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Suicides In Prison

EDM number 508 in 2002-03, proposed by Annette Brooke on 14/01/2003.

That this House is appalled at the fact that 94 men, women and children took their own lives in prison in England and Wales in 2002; is very disturbed that this figure represents an increase of over 20 per cent. on 2001, and is the highest ever annual figure; is alarmed that almost half of these deaths were of people aged 30 or younger; believes that this dramatic increase is caused in part by prison overcrowding, which has worsened considerably during the year; recognises that as prisons receive an ever-increasing number of new inmates every week, it is difficult for staff to carry out thorough risk assessments; understands that some prison regimes are becoming increasingly impoverished as a result of higher numbers of prisoners, combined with staff shortages, and realises that many prisoners are spending long periods each day locked in their cells; is concerned that the prison population is rising rapidly in relation to the crime rate as a result of an ever more punitive approach to custodial sentences; further believes that this level of prison suicide is unacceptable in a civilised society; and welcomes the work of the Howard League for Penal Reform that highlights these shocking figures.

This motion has been signed by a total of 58 MPs.

Annette Brooke14/01/2003Mid Dorset & North PooleLiberal DemocratProposed
Bob Spink15/01/2003Castle PointConservativeSigned
Lynne Jones15/01/2003Birmingham, Selly OakLabourSigned
Alan Meale15/01/2003MansfieldLabourSigned
Vincent Cable15/01/2003TwickenhamLiberal DemocratSigned
Ann Cryer15/01/2003KeighleyLabourSigned
Andrew George15/01/2003St IvesLiberal DemocratSigned
Mike Hancock15/01/2003Portsmouth SouthLiberal DemocratSigned
Paul Tyler16/01/2003North CornwallLiberal DemocratSigned
Steve Webb16/01/2003NorthavonLiberal DemocratSigned
Harry Barnes16/01/2003North East DerbyshireLabourSigned
Win Griffiths16/01/2003BridgendLabourSigned
Huw Edwards16/01/2003MonmouthLabourSigned
Jeremy Corbyn16/01/2003Islington NorthLabourSigned
Martin Caton16/01/2003GowerLabourSigned
Terry Lewis16/01/2003WorsleyLabourSigned
Alice Mahon16/01/2003HalifaxLabourSigned
Terry Davis16/01/2003Birmingham, Hodge HillLabourSigned
Sandra Gidley20/01/2003RomseyLiberal DemocratSigned
Rudi Vis20/01/2003Finchley & Golders GreenLabourSigned
Simon Thomas20/01/2003CeredigionPlaid CymruSigned
John Barrett20/01/2003Edinburgh WestLiberal DemocratSigned
Vera Baird20/01/2003RedcarLabourSigned
Paul Flynn20/01/2003Newport WestLabourSigned
Helen Clark20/01/2003PeterboroughLabourSigned
Kelvin Hopkins20/01/2003Luton NorthLabourSigned
Bob Russell20/01/2003ColchesterLiberal DemocratSigned
Harold Best21/01/2003Leeds North WestLabourSigned
Roy Beggs21/01/2003East AntrimUUPSigned
Paul Marsden21/01/2003Shrewsbury & AtchamLiberal DemocratSigned
Ian Gibson21/01/2003Norwich NorthLabourSigned
Bill Etherington21/01/2003Sunderland NorthLabourSigned
Colin Breed21/01/2003South East CornwallLiberal DemocratSigned
Nigel Jones21/01/2003CheltenhamLiberal DemocratSigned
Greg Pope21/01/2003HyndburnLabourSigned
David Chidgey21/01/2003EastleighLiberal DemocratSigned
Sue Doughty23/01/2003GuildfordLiberal DemocratSigned
Norman Baker23/01/2003LewesLiberal DemocratSigned
Mohammad Sarwar27/01/2003Glasgow, GovanLabourSigned
Tom Cox27/01/2003TootingLabourSigned
David Borrow27/01/2003South RibbleLabourSigned
Marsha Singh30/01/2003Bradford WestLabourSigned
Matthew Taylor30/01/2003Truro & St AustellLiberal DemocratSigned
Alan Beith03/02/2003Berwick-upon-TweedLiberal DemocratSigned
Tom Brake03/02/2003Carshalton & WallingtonLiberal DemocratSigned
Paul Holmes03/02/2003ChesterfieldLiberal DemocratSigned
Michael Moore04/02/2003Tweeddale, Ettrick & LauderdaleLiberal DemocratSigned
Don Foster05/02/2003BathLiberal DemocratSigned
Jenny Tonge06/02/2003Richmond ParkLiberal DemocratSigned
John Lyons07/02/2003Strathkelvin & BearsdenLabourSigned
Patsy Calton07/02/2003CheadleLiberal DemocratSigned
Menzies Campbell10/02/2003Fife North EastLiberal DemocratSigned
Paul Burstow13/02/2003Sutton & CheamLiberal DemocratSigned
Matthew Green24/02/2003LudlowLiberal DemocratSigned
Andrew Stunell24/02/2003Hazel GroveLiberal DemocratSigned
Nick Harvey04/03/2003North DevonLiberal DemocratSigned
Evan Harris07/03/2003Oxford West & AbingdonLiberal DemocratSigned
David Heath13/03/2003Somerton & FromeLiberal DemocratSigned

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