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School Arson

Volume 448: debated on Thursday 6 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in how many cases of arson attacks on schools a suspect was (a) cautioned and (b) charged in the last year for which figures are available; and what percentage of total cases of arson attacks on schools these figures represent. (79512)

It is not possible to identify cautions or prosecutions resulting from arson attacks on schools, in the data held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform as such offences cannot be distinguished from all other offences of arson. Data compiled by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), formerly the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) show that in England during 2004, there were 677 fires on schools in which deliberate ignition was established or suspected. DCLG do not collect any information on whether the police arrested or charged any suspects, or on subsequent court appearances.