Northern Ireland

Maghaberry searches report not published

David Ford
Image caption Mr Ford said publishing the report would compromise prison security

Justice Minister David Ford has refused to publish the findings of a Prison Service study into alternatives to body searches at Maghaberry.

He said the report contained sensitive security and commercial information.

But this has been dismissed as a feeble excuse by the SDLP's John Dallat.

"As an ordinary backbencher who asked the question on behalf of a constituent, I feel I have not been given the service I'm in entitled to," he said.

However, the minister has insisted it would be irresponsible to compromise prison security.

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