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Arson: Death

Volume 474: debated on Monday 21 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people were killed by (a) arson and (b) suspected arson in each year since 1997. (198359)

The Department does not collect information on arson. The following table shows the number of people killed, in England, as a result of deliberate fires. The figures include fires where deliberate ignition is merely suspected or where the fires has been recorded by the attending Fire and Rescue Service as “doubtful”.

Fatalities in deliberate fires1, England, 1997 to 2006

Total

Deliberate

Doubtful

1997

98

79

19

1998

84

75

9

1999

92

75

17

2000

91

73

18

2001

67

59

8

2002

90

81

9

2003

98

89

9

2004

78

73

5

2005

93

86

7

2006

97

93

4

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