§ Mr. Kilroy-Silkasked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what was the number of strip searches carried out on female prisoners in the last year for which figures are available; and what was the number of females involved;

(2) what is the number of strip searches carried out on female prisoners so far in 1985; and what is the number of females involved;

(3) what was the number of strip searches carried out in each female institution and the number of females involved, in each year since 1981 and so far this year;

(4) what was the number of strip searches carried out on teenage girl prisoners in 1984 and so far in 1985; and what was the number of girls involved.

§ Mr. MellorThis information is not recorded centrally and its collection would involve disproportionate cost.

§ Mr. Kilroy-Silkasked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will explain the circumstances in which female prisoners are subject to strip searches.

§ Mr. MellorThis information is contained in my reply to a question from the hon. Member for Foyle (Mr. Hume) on 25 February, at columns 32–33, which referred equally to male and female prisoners.