HC Deb 14 June 1988 vol 135 cc92-3W
Dr. Thomas

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will arrange, in conjunction with the appropriate French authorities, for an evaluation of the concentration of radioactive discharges reaching the Channel Islands of Guernsey, Jersey, Alderney, Herm and Sark from the French nuclear reprocessing plant at Cap de la Hague.

Mr. Douglas Hogg

Radioactive discharges reaching the Channel Islands are continuously monitored by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. The concentrations of artificial radionuclides found in these waters has been negligible. Monitoring results are published annually by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food directorate of fisheries research in the "Aquatic Environment Monitoring Report on Radioactivity in Surface and Coastal Waters of the British Isles", copies of which are in the Library.

Inmate A Inmate B Inmate C
April May April May April May
After legal visits
After other visits 3 2 3 1
At the time of cell changes, and wing and cell searches 2 1 2 1 1 3

No unauthorised article was found on any of the three women. I set out the reasons for such searches in my reply to a question from the hon. Member on 15 January at column 446.

Mr. McNamara

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many category A prisoners are at present held on remand at Risley detention centre; to how many strip searches they have been subjected in April and May, giving the number of persons involved, the number of times each person was searched and if 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 a search was being conducted; and what were the reasons for the search under each of the following headings:(a) making a remand appearance at court, (b) attending a trial, (c) inter-prison visit and (d) other reasons.

Mr. Douglas Hogg

On 13 June, there were seven inmates on remand at Risley remand centre who had been placed in category A. Comprehensive records of strip searches are available only in respect of category A women prisoners, of whom there was one in Risley on the date in question. The records show that this prisoner was not strip-searched during April but was so searched on three occasions in May—twice in connection with her temporary transfer to another prison, and one at the time of a cell change. No unauthorised article was discovered on any of these occasions. On no occasion did the prisoner refuse to be strip-searched.