HC Deb 20 July 1987 vol 120 cc43-4W
Mr. McNamara

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many strip searches were made of female prisoners in Her Majesty's prison, Maghaberry, in April, May and June of 1987; if he will give the number of persons involved and the number of times each person was searched; whether any prison contraband, smuggled item or illegal correspondence was discovered in any search, indicating which items; in how many cases prisoners refused to be searched and had to be restrained while the search was being conducted; and if he will indicate the reasons for the search under each of the following headings: making a remand appearance at court; attending trial; inter-prison visit; or other reasons.

Mr. Stanley

The information requested is as follows:

April May June
Total number of searches carried out 49 34 22
Total number of inmates searched 27 22 14
Number of prisoners searched once 9 13 8
Number of prisoners searched twice 15 7 5
Number of prisoners searched 3 times 2 1
Number of prisoners searched 4 times 1 1 1
Reason for Search:
First admission on remand/awaiting trial 8 11 2
First admission on sentence/final discharge 25 13 14
Attending Remand Court 4
Attending Trial 1
Attending Appeal 1 1
Bail Court appearances 7 4
Going on or returning from home leave 2 4 6
Inter prison visits 2

No prohibited article was found during these searches and no prisoner refused to be searched.