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Strip Searching

Volume 116: debated on Tuesday 12 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how many strip searches were made of female prisoners in Her Majesty's prison, Maghaberry, in March and April 1987, respectively; if he will give the number of persons involved and the number of times each person was searched; whether any prison contraband, smuggled item or illegal correspondence was discovered in any search, indicating which items; in how many cases prisoners refused to be searched and had to be restrained while the search was being concluded; and if he will indicate the reasons for the search, namely, making an appearance in court on remand and in which court, attending trial, inter-prison visit or other reasons;(2) how many strip searches were made of female prisoners in Her Majesty's prison, Maghaberry, in June 1986; if he will give the number of persons involved and the number of times each person was searched; whether any prison contraband, smuggled items or illegal correspondence was discovered in any search, indicating which items; in how many cases prisoners refused to be searched and had to be restrained while the search was being conducted; and if he will indicate the reasons for the search, namely, making an appearance in court, and in which court, on remand, attending trial, inter-prison visit or other reasons.

[pursuant to his reply, 8 May 1987, column 568]: The information requested is as follows:

19861987
JuneMarchApril
Total number of searches carried out363349
Total number of inmates searched232027
Number of prisoners searched once1399
Number of prisoners searched twice8915
Number of prisoners searched three times122
Number of prisoners searched four times11
First admission on remand/awaiting trial728
First admission on sentence/final discharge181725
Attending Antrim remand court1
Attending Armagh remand court1
Attending Belfast remand court62
Attending Larne remand court1
Attending Newtownards remand court2
Attending trial1
Attending appeal11
Bail court appearances527
Going on or returning from home leave22
Compassionate home leave4
Inter-prison visits12

No prohibited article was found during these searches and no prisoner refused to be searched.