Sinn Féin MLA Barry McElduff said he is disappointed that the Justice Minister David Ford has not given a timescale for when the latest body-scanning equipment can be introduced into Maghaberry Prison.
The West Tyrone MLA said:
“In response to a question from myself, the Justice Minister David Ford said that the new body-scanning equipment will commence a test period in Magilligan and Hydebank.
“While it is good news that this equipment is to be introduced, which will end the use of degrading strip-searches if deemed suitable, the minister could not give me a timescale for its introduction in Maghaberry.
“Maghaberry is where prisoners are protesting against strip-searches so it incumbent on the minister to have this equipment installed there as soon as possible.
“To delay any longer is unjustified and only prolonging unnecessary conflict within the prison.”