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Schools: Fires

Volume 458: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the cost was of fires in schools in 2006 in (a) England and Wales, (b) the North East and (c) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency. (127195)

The Department is responsible for education in England. The Department does not maintain records on the cost of fires. This is because local authorities, voluntary aided organisations, and individual schools are responsible for fire prevention and for taking out appropriate fire insurance. The Department expects financial provision to be made and planning undertaken locally for unforeseen events, including the rebuilding costs of schools damaged by fire, net of insurance.