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Arson

Volume 475: debated on Monday 12 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the cost of arson to the economy in each of the last five years. (204983)

Estimates for the cost of arson to the economy for the five years to 2004 are shown as follows. Work will commence this year to produce estimates for subsequent years. Around 60 per cent. of the estimated costs are directly attributable to the occurrence of arson fires, with the remainder 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:

CLG Economic cost of fire model