§ Mr. Stinchcombe
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many visitors to each prison were strip searched in(a) 1998, (b) 1999 and (c) 2000 to date. 
§ Mr. Boateng
The number of strip searches carried out on visitors to prisons each year is not recorded. Visitors are strip searched only when there is reasonable cause to suspect that they are carrying a firearm or a controlled drug, and a full rub down search has failed to reveal the item.