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REVIEW OF STRIP SEARCHING IN PRISONS

EDM (Early Day Motion) 260: tabled on 16 July 1997

Tabled in the 1997-98 session.

This motion has been signed by 27 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House welcomes the review currently being undertaken by the Prison Service into strip searching policy; is alarmed by the evidence highlighting the short-term suffering and long-term problems experienced by victims of strip searching; believes that this evidence should be carefully weighed against the uncertain merits of strip searching as against rub-down searches and searches with metal detectors; rejects the necessity for strip searching prisoners on inter prison visits and at remand hearings when they are at all times accompanied by prison officers; is appalled by allegations that strip searching is used to intimidate and harass particular minority groups in custody, such as ethnic minorities, Irish women and homosexuals; urges the immediate introduction of measures to record and monitor all incidences of strip searching and the frequency of detection of illicit articles; calls for stricter regulation of random strip searching in prisons; and recommends that policy developments in this sphere should give close consideration to technological advances in surveillance equipment and electronic metal detectors.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.