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Volume 483: debated on Tuesday 18 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent steps have been taken to reduce the incidence of arson. (235798)

Fire and rescue services have used £11.4 million pump-priming funding from my Department to develop schemes at a local level in partnership with others in the community to tackle arson. There a number of Local Strategic Partnerships, where fire and rescue services are now statutory partners, which have chosen to set local targets for reducing arson. In addition, the Arson Control Forum continues to bring together a wide range of partners from the public, private and third sector to consider arson reduction and develop strategies to assist in its continued reduction.