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Arson

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what percentage of total insured fire losses arson accounted for in each of the last five years. (139495)

The information requested is not available centrally. The Department's economic cost of fire model uses information on total insured fire losses provided by the Association of British Insurers (ABI). ABI data distinguish between domestic and commercial fire losses, but do not differentiate between arson and non-arson fires. The cost of fire model uses the proportion of fires that are due to arson to estimate the percentage of insured losses that are due to arson.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of how much arson cost the economy in each of the last five years. (139502)

Estimates for the cost of arson to the economy for the five years to 2004 are shown as follows. 2004 is the last year for which estimates are available. Around 40 per cent. of the estimated costs are due to measures taken in anticipation of arson fires, such as installing fire prevention measures.

Total cost of deliberate fires, England and Wales, 2000-04

£ million

Total cost (including costs in anticipation)

Total cost (excluding costs in anticipation)

2000

2,155

l,289

2001

2,442

l,513

2002

2,581

l,587

2003

2,768

1,694

2004

2,445

l,366

Source:

Communities and Local Government Economic cost of fire model