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Volume 483: debated on Tuesday 18 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many domestic fires were caused by (a) cigarettes and (b) candles in the latest year for which figures are available. (235793)

In England, in 2006, there were 1,300 dwelling fires started by candles and 2,400 dwelling fires started by smokers’ materials. Cigarettes are recorded within this wider category.