§ Mr. McNamara
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many strip searches of female prisoners have taken place in prisons in Scotland from 1 November 1982 until the nearest convenient date.
§ Mr. Allan Stewart
1,607 strip searches of female prisoners took place in Scottish prisons in the period from 1 November 1982 to 14 March 1983. This figure includes searches on admission, transfer and discharge, following visits and for routine and special security purposes.