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Endangered Species

Volume 210: debated on Tuesday 30 June 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make it his policy to design national recovery plans for all threatened species within the United Kingdom.

Maghaberry monthly since July 1991; what was the number of persons involved and the number of times each person was searched; what prison contraband smuggled items or illegal correspondence was discovered in any search; in how many cases prisoners refused to be searched and had to be restrained while the search was being conducted; and what were the reasons for each search.

Details of the number of, and reasons for, searches of female prisoners in Her Majesty's prison, Maghaberry from July 1991 to May 1992 are set out below.No prohibited articles were found during these searches. On 2 March 1992, 22 prisoners refused to co-operate with a full search. Of these prisoners, 21 had to be restrained while the search was being conducted.

The "Recovery" scheme to assist specific native plants and animals in danger of extinction was launched by English Nature in April 1991 and forms an integral part of my Department's Action for the Countryside initiative. Fourteen species were included in the scheme in 1991–92 and English Nature plans to increase this to 21 in 1992–93.