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Prisoners (Strip Searching)

Volume 129: debated on Thursday 10 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many female prisoners in Scotland were strip-searched during 1986 and 1987; and on how many occasions illegal contraband or smuggled drugs were found.

The number of strip searches of female prisoners carried out at Cornton Vale institution in 1986 and 1987 was 3,270 and 2651 respectively. No record is kept of the number of occasions on which illegal contraband or smuggled drugs were found.