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Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many deliberate (a) property and (b) vehicle fires were attended by each fire and rescue service in each year since 1997. (198061)

Information on the number of deliberate property (i.e. dwellings and other buildings) and vehicle fires, in England, as attended by Fire and Rescue Services, from 1997 to 2006 (the latest calendar year for which information is available), is displayed in Table 1. Data for 2006 are provisional and subject to change.

Table 1: Deliberate fires1 by year and location, England, 1997 to 20062

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

FRS area

Properties

Road vehicles

Properties

Road vehicles

Properties

Road vehicles

Properties

Road vehicles

Properties

Road vehicles

England

26,221

35,162

24,357

40,090

25,472

51,888

25,487

58,979

27,653

67,158

England—Non-Met counties

12,763

17,519

12,131

20,505

12,471

26,564

12,867

30,701

14,125

34,545

Avon

448

887

411

1,158

435

1,669

513

2,057

600

2,540

Bedfordshire

261

513

247

533

225

727

246

964

221

865

Berkshire

256

509

213

561

203

720

237

865

244

944

Buckinghamshire

307

562

269

653

279

808

299

890

268

1,033

Cambridgeshire

303

504

316

537

319

827

309

880

315

813

Cheshire

513

432

471

567

472

619

518

667

532

946

Cleveland

615

571

523

755

607

1,125

655

1,207

690

1,483

Cornwall

117

178

147

162

107

169

137

237

158

310

Cumbria

216

300

188

344

252

372

193

430

247

380

Derbyshire

328

507

324

567

336

805

310

802

322

942

Devon

379

443

308

462

342

499

298

556

392

614

Dorset

250

286

206

317

231

401

227

493

256

589

Durham

420

507

366

657

308

732

287

749

383

751

East Sussex

338

455

325

520

293

716

368

882

403

918

Essex

396

649

379

724

471

961

574

1,559

553

1,740

Gloucestershire

179

264

168

256

159

290

185

353

154

464

Hampshire

530

526

560

710

511

802

436

839

501

822

Hereford and Worcester

272

299

218

311

218

415

223

465

287

450

Hertfordshire

333

431

281

466

321

677

347

845

345

885

Humberside

668

722

639

902

681

1,186

595

1,092

650

1,379

Isle of Wight

58

22

45

10

42

21

54

19

70

32

Kent

607

1,086

578

1,397

595

1,864

555

2,373

665

2,143

Lancashire

881

821

933

918

1,101

1,229

1,081

1,169

1,212

1,366

Leicestershire

460

752

496

819

431

1,075

415

1,063

527

1,172

Lincolnshire

167

263

197

364

230

373

185

421

198

473

Norfolk

309

411

287

436

244

489

285

696

286

738

North Yorkshire

189

255

193

252

185

384

198

450

219

553

Northamptonshire

326

550

338

632

337

763

363

941

406

954

Northumberland

178

272

172

236

165

327

166

309

196

372

Nottinghamshire

512

818

551

1,062

624

1,562

589

1,772

680

2,672

Oxfordshire

217

372

188

478

197

544

223

686

170

566

Shropshire

155

309

185

309

163

315

179

409

222

512

Somerset

148

226

120

248

141

374

155

411

165

513

Staffordshire

421

653

412

809

398

955

453

968

497

1,137

Suffolk

168

164

139

148

143

222

176

326

219

400

Surrey

215

329

185

381

164

508

194

636

197

659

Warwickshire

163

343

171

397

151

461

196

511

150

568

West Sussex

261

239

223

291

239

389

269

435

343

540

Wiltshire

198

89

159

159

151

192

174

275

181

306

Isles of Scilly

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

England—Met Counties

13,458

17,644

12,226

19,585

13,001

25,324

12,620

28,278

13,528

32,613

Greater Manchester

2,642

4,042

2,439

4,130

2,738

5,166

2,529

5,717

2,676

7,017

Merseyside

1,725

1,569

1,606

1,838

1,836

2,568

1,865

3,124

1,787

3,473

South Yorkshire

677

1,562

740

1,901

715

2,254

755

2,125

877

2,383

Tyne and Wear

1,372

1,581

1,201

1,738

1,145

2,068

1,110

1,953

1,188

2,259

West Midlands

2,430

3,044

2,078

3,110

2,102

4,154

2,089

4,423

2,127

4,834

West Yorkshire

1,601

2,874

1,459

3,491

1,420

4,169

1,383

4,817

1,673

6,171

Greater London

3,011

2,971

2,703

3,378

3,045

4,945

2,889

6,118

3,200

6,475

200220032004200520062

FRS area

Properties

Road vehicles

Properties

Road vehicles

Properties

Road vehicles

Properties

Road vehicles

Properties

Road vehicles

England

25,144

66,018

26,077

61,088

22,769

46,660

19,848

40,335

18,254

34,893

England—Non-Met counties

13,223

34,976

13,653

32,598

12,398

25,308

10,784

22,232

9,896

19,492

Avon

492

2,147

574

1,838

498

1,502

417

1,373

385

1,258

Bedfordshire

275

968

238

735

261

476

209

434

203

354

Berkshire

239

717

231

628

219

561

143

471

163

413

Buckinghamshire

260

843

288

883

257

675

259

615

222

475

Cambridgeshire

289

1,034

314

961

299

721

245

620

267

576

Cheshire

524

980

496

924

519

892

440

1,011

388

847

Cleveland

731

1,688

656

1,397

495

1,083

397

719

376

628

Cornwall

119

349

109

359

143

271

122

210

98

211

Cumbria

178

408

195

408

163

359

170

330

157

234

Derbyshire

338

1,020

392

894

297

574

289

535

254

456

Devon

373

614

388

623

311

586

310

447

281

429

Dorset

213

515

202

507

173

353

165

320

135

251

Durham

320

823

300

797

287

583

228

535

232

442

East Sussex

368

841

427

695

408

499

301

414

256

340

Essex

536

1,598

524

1,537

474

1,117

377

883

372

768

Gloucestershire

181

532

185

549

171

534

133

386

153

330

Hampshire

412

838

440

815

382

644

309

640

251

682

Hereford and Worcester

210

518

189

426

203

411

156

259

155

304

Hertfordshire

306

891

334

829

282

645

265

531

195

445

Humberside

666

1,695

693

2,079

671

1,582

520

1,387

541

1,073

Isle of Wight

40

45

44

36

38

27

59

21

49

35

Kent

607

1,896

682

1,800

595

1,454

555

1,532

468

1,250

Lancashire

1,040

1,392

1,183

1,274

994

1,043

939

911

855

810

Leicestershire

444

1,171

381

926

326

680

301

510

274

471

Lincolnshire

183

575

194

584

196

463

181

412

171

304

Norfolk

286

732

301

711

285

482

229

471

240

380

North Yorkshire

219

569

167

520

163

347

161

451

158

349

Northamptonshire

415

1,042

392

1,052

384

805

382

755

297

814

Northumberland

188

351

196

390

155

270

125

173

126

181

Nottinghamshire

762

3,064

847

2,499

790

1,707

629

1,346

503

1,120

Oxfordshire

185

565

165

556

171

457

156

426

135

385

Shropshire

217

405

200

346

170

323

190

213

166

253

Somerset

166

612

181

492

172

285

128

247

120

231

Staffordshire

454

1,087

451

1,112

422

906

397

817

367

735

Suffolk

178

375

163

358

150

326

165

309

142

282

Surrey

224

701

282

697

253

539

201

476

252

448

Warwickshire

171

666

200

616

171

553

142

476

141

405

West Sussex

265

474

295

495

296

364

242

341

211

316

Wiltshire

149

237

154

248

154

209

147

225

136

207

Isles of Scilly

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

England—Met Counties

11,921

31,042

12,424

28,490

10,371

21,351

9,064

18,103

8,358

15,402

Greater Manchester

2,374

5,821

2,485

5,132

1,930

4,001

1,811

3,732

1,726

3,206

Merseyside

1,652

3,416

1,728

3,443

1,413

2,806

1,090

2,127

1,036

1,729

South Yorkshire

756

3,098

903

3,098

822

2,280

707

2,040

686

1,985

Tyne and Wear

1,057

2,234

1,092

2,056

827

1,514

748

1,354

684

1,264

West Midlands

1,885

4,612

1,929

4,272

1,584

3,301

1,393

2,704

1,256

1,990

West Yorkshire

1,378

6,482

1,377

5,617

1,280

3,620

1,073

2,722

1,042

2,349

Greater London

2,819

5,379

2,910

4,872

2,515

3,829

2,242

3,424

1,928

2,879

1 Excluding incidents not recorded during periods of industrial action in 2002 and 2003.

2 Provisional.