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Immigration Bill

Part of Bills Presented – in the House of Commons at 6:02 pm on 13th October 2015.

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Photo of Sylvia Hermon Sylvia Hermon Independent, North Down 6:02 pm, 13th October 2015

I have listened intently to the hon. Lady’s interesting speech. With her experience and expertise, can she explain how the provision on strip searching to look for identification and nationality documents can be justified for those who are detained in a removal centre, a prison or a young offenders institution, because I cannot understand why it is in the Bill? Bearing in mind how sensitive the issue of strip searching has been in Northern Ireland, I caution the Government to give more consideration to this very offensive provision.