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Arson

Volume 407: debated on Wednesday 18 June 2003

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To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what percentage of fires (a) on farms and (b) in retail premises were caused by arson in each year from 1997 to 2001; and what the estimated cost to the fire service was in each year. [120031]

The information requested is in the following tables. Malicious fires are those where malicious or deliberate ignition was proved or suspected.Information on the cost to the fire service is not available before 1999. The estimates in the table are derived from applying an average fire service response cost for commercial fires of £12,950 to each farm and retail fire attended.

Fires in agricultural premises, UK, 1997–2001
TotalMaliciousPercentage maliciousEstimated costs (£000)
19971,66374745
19981,31565950
19991,435650458,418
20001,380651478,430
20011,267486386,294
Fires in retail premises, UK, 1997–2001
TotalMaliciousPercentage maliciousEstimated costs (£000)
19975,7872,32140
19985,6992,22939
19995,6992,2363928,956
20005,3582,2004128,490
20015,6872,4744432,038

Notes:

Data for 2001 are provisional.

The definition of retail premises includes vehicle trade premises