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Strip Searches

Volume 124: debated on Monday 7 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many strip searches were made of female prisoners in Her Majesty's prison, Maghaberry, in each month from April to November; 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 restained while the search was being conducted; and if he will indicate the reasons for the search, namely, making a remand appearance at court, attending trial, inter-prison visit or other reasons.

The information requested is as follows:

Number of prisoners searched twice1575968513
Number of prisoners searched three times211
Number of prisoners searched four times111
Reason for Search
First admission on remand awaiting trial81126710612
First admission on sentence/final discharge2513142012231229
Attending Remand Court4
Attending Trial1
Attending Appeal11
Bail Court appearances743212
Going on and returning from home leave246412
Inter-prison visit22111
After a visit1
No prohibited article was found during these searches and no prisoner refused to be searched.