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Prisons: Fires

Volume 481: debated on Monday 20 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many fires there were in prisons in each of the last five years; and what the cost of repairing the damage caused by each of them was. (226232)

The data requested are shown in the table.

Total number of fires for the last five financial years

Number

2003-04

1,101

2004-05

1,040

2005-06

1,087

2006-07

1,094

2007-08

1,064

These figures have been drawn from administrative data systems. Although care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. The data are not subject to audit.

The cost of cell fires (as this is where most fires take place) are not reported centrally therefore this information is not readily available.

Where there is damage to the cell but no injury to persons and damage is considered to be low level, the matter is generally not pursued by the police; however, this may be subject to local adjudication procedures. If the charge is proven as a result of the adjudication there may be loss of privileges, earnings or segregation of the prisoner in question.