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Prisoners: Body Searches

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 7 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his Department's policy is on the strip-searching of females under the age of 18 years in prison. (307867)

In February 2009 the National Offender Management Service introduced new full search arrangements aimed at reducing the frequency of full searches by a more intelligence-led approach for all females detained within prisons in England. The new arrangements do not require the removal of underwear unless there is intelligence or suspicion at any stage that an item is concealed. The arrangements are kept under constant review, and a full assessment completed in August achieved a positive outcome. A further detailed assessment will be conducted early in spring 2010.