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School Fires

Volume 447: debated on Wednesday 14 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the annual cost of fires in schools was in each year since 1995. (77454)

The earliest figures we have from the Department for Communities and Local Government are for 2000 and the latest are for 2004. These cover school fires in England and Wales.

Number—fires

Total costs (£ million)

2000

1,275

45

2001

1,529

67

2002

1,332

67

2003

1,313

61

2004

1,291

52

The costs are rounded to the nearest million and are derived from the (then) ODPM publication “Economic Cost of Fire, estimates for 2004”. They cover property damage and the costs of the fire and rescue services attending the fires.