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Gas Explosions

Volume 978: debated on Thursday 14 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy how many people have been killed or injured in domestic gas explosions in the last 10 years.

Reliable figures prior to the establishment of the British Gas Corporation in January 1973 are not available. It is not, therefore, possible to provide the information requested for the full 10 years.In the table below the injuries recorded are those resulting from explosions which caused damage of value greater than £100 and they exclude minor injuries where hospital treatment was not required. Included in the fatalities are nine which are believed to have been suicides.

Numbers killedNumbers injured
1972–73859
1973–741040
1974–751355
1975–761060
1976–779102
1977–78381
1978–791260
April-December 1979 (provisional)426