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Strip Searching

Volume 226: debated on Wednesday 16 June 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the amount of drugs and explosives detected for each of the past five years as a result of (a) strip searching of convicted and remand prisoners and (b) strip searching of other people.

The information requested in part (a) of the question was collected centrally only from mid November 1990. Information prior to that date could be gathered only by a manual search at disproportionate cost. Additionally it is not possible to give the quantity of drugs found, only the number of occasions when drugs were found on a prisoner's person.The total numbers of such incidents are as follows:

Drug finds (incidents)
1990159
1991269
1992289
19932184
1 From mid November 1990.
2To end May 1993.
There are no recorded incidents of explosives being found as a result of the strip searching of convicted and remand prisoners.I regret that the information requested in part

(b) of the question is not collected centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.