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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:

AprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctoberNovember
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.