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Strip Searches

Volume 130: debated on Thursday 31 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many body searches and strip searches were carried out in Cornton vale prison in 1986 and 1987; and what are the comparable figures for such searches in other prisons in Scotland.

The number of body and strip searches carried out at Cornton vale institution in 1986 was 3,270 and in 1987 it was 2,651 (the statistics kept do not differentiate between body and strip searches). Statistics are not kept on the number of strip or body searches carried out at other prisons.