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Prisons: Fires

Volume 488: debated on Friday 27 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many fires there have been in each prison in each of the last five years. (258285)

All fires recorded range from a simple piece of paper lit and thrown out of a cell window to fires resulting in damage to cells, which are less frequent. During the last year we have invested £20 million in fire safety systems in the refurbishment of the prison estate. It should be noted that deaths from fires in prisons are rare and there have been two in the last five years.

The following table shows data of fires in prison establishments by establishment over the last recorded five years.

Fires within prison establishments for the last five years

Establishment

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

Total for establishment

HMP Altcourse

5

5

11

6

11

38

HMP Askham Grange

1

1

1

3

HMP Acklington

5

4

6

2

17

HMP Albany

1

1

2

4

HMYOI Ashfield

22

18

7

2

5

54

HMP Ashwell

9

12

6

6

2

35

HMYOI Aylesbury

8

3

4

11

13

39

HMP Belmarsh

8

7

9

7

1

32

HMP Buckley Hall

21

8

6

15

7

57

HMP Blundeston

6

7

2

3

2

20

HMP Bedford

4

7

15

6

5

37

HMP Blantyre House

0

HMP Brockhill

15

2

4

1

22

HMP Bristol

11

7

9

7

3

37

HMP Birmingham

10

12

11

13

12

58

HMP Bullingdon

11

7

3

2

12

35

HMRC Brinsford

4

5

21

10

21

61

HMP Blakenhurst

23

16

11

11

7

68

HMP Bullwood Hall

8

4

5

3

2

22

HMP Brixton

19

21

17

12

4

73

HMP Brockhill

15

2

4

3

1

25

HMP Bronzefield

6

14

29

24

73

HMP Chelmsford

10

17

16

10

15

68

HMP Cardiff

2

7

7

3

4

23

HMP Camp Hill

5

28

21

3

57

HMP Cookham Wood

11

1

1

1

14

HMP Coldingley

1

1

1

3

HMYOI Castington

9

12

10

12

4

47

HMP Channings Wood

5

1

5

11

13

35

HMP Canterbury

2

1

1

1

5

HMP Dartmoor

3

1

6

2

3

15

HMP Dovegate

20

17

13

6

14

70

HMP Drake Hall

1

1

2

HMP Durham

22

24

17

15

13

91

HMP Doncaster

13

9

6

3

9

40

HMP Dorchester

1

2

4

2

4

13

HMP Deerbolt

5

7

10

7

9

38

HMYOI Dover

2

0

0

3

4

9

HMP Downview

5

7

5

2

3

22

HMP Erlestoke

2

1

3

6

HMP Edmunds Hill

8

2

4

6

2

22

HMP East Sutton Park

1

1

HMRC Everthorpe

1

4

5

4

14

HMYOI Eastwood Park

8

17

27

13

18

83

HMP Exeter

7

6

6

6

25

HMP Elmley

10

18

15

16

10

69

HMP Forest Bank

20

23

26

26

10

105

HMP Ford

7

5

3

1

1

17

HMP Foston Hall

5

7

4

4

4

24

HMP Frankland

3

8

2

9

15

37

HMRC Feltham

23

60

45

44

42

214

HMP Full Sutton

7

23

23

16

8

77

HMP Featherstone

2

2

1

4

2

11

HMP Garth

7

3

2

5

11

28

HMP Gloucester

5

8

5

5

9

32

HMYOI Guys Marsh

1

2

1

2

1

7

HMP Grendon/Spring Hill

1

1

2

HMRC Glen Parva

8

4

8

2

18

40

HMP Gartree

7

8

15

HMYOI Huntercombe

8

8

3

6

4

29

HMP Hewell Grange

1

1

HMP Holme House

4

2

3

10

9

28

HMP Hollesley Bay

1

2

2

1

6

HMRC Hindley

23

5

32

38

23

121

HMP Hull

8

18

9

7

13

55

HMP High Down

19

18

38

32

14

121

HMP Highpoint

10

7

19

9

8

53

HMP Haslar

3

4

7

HMP Haverigg

11

15

24

50

HMP Holloway

11

9

21

10

28

79

HMP Kirkham

2

2

4

HMP Kingston/Portsmouth

1

1

2

HMP Kennet

2

2

HMYOI Kirklevington

1

2

1

4

HMP Lancaster

2

1

3

HMP Leicester

8

5

5

10

4

32

HMP Leeds

8

10

9

8

5

40

HMP Lancaster Farms

3

6

8

25

3

45

HMP Lowdham Grange

2

2

5

8

3

20

HMP Lindholme

17

10

11

4

10

52

HMP Lincoln

22

14

7

19

27

89

HMP Long Lartin

1

2

8

3

6

20

HMRC Latchmere House

1

1

2

HMRC Low Newton

14

16

10

9

9

58

HMP Liverpool

11

19

10

21

16

77

HMP Littlehey

4

6

2

1

2

15

HMP Lewes

14

18

7

9

11

59

HMP Leyhill

3

3

4

8

4

22

HMP Moorland Closed

8

2

6

6

7

29

HMP Moorland Open

1

1

2

HMP Morton Hall

7

3

1

2

13

HMP Manchester

20

14

12

16

15

77

HMP Maidstone

7

3

4

4

13

31

HMP The Mount

2

2

2

3

2

11

HMYOI Northallerton

2

1

4

1

8

HMP New Hall

20

17

2

4

3

46

HMP North Sea Camp

6

4

4

14

HMRC Norwich

19

16

10

11

56

HMP Nottingham

13

4

4

10

10

41

HMYOI Onley

7

8

11

6

8

40

HMP Peterborough

34

24

26

84

HMYOI Portland

5

17

11

4

15

52

HMP Parkhurst

9

7

25

8

3

52

HMP Preston

9

7

5

4

10

35

HMP Parc

13

11

10

18

52

HMP Pentonville

46

13

30

23

20

132

HMRC Rochester

3

5

2

3

3

16

HMP Reading

1

1

4

9

13

28

HMP Rye Hill

8

16

27

34

11

96

HMP Ranby

5

5

1

11

8

30

HMP Risley

16

8

16

4

6

50

HMP Send

3

1

1

1

6

HMP Standford Hill

4

2

5

2

13

HMP Stafford

4

7

3

6

4

24

HMRC Stoke Heath

4

10

19

27

24

84

HMP Stocken

3

4

6

3

16

HMP Swaleside

27

13

19

17

22

98

HMP Shepton Mallet

3

1

4

HMYOI Swinfen Hall

1

5

1

2

1

10

HMP Styal

14

18

16

27

25

100

HMP Sudbury

1

1

1

3

HMRC Swansea

1

6

2

1

4

14

HMP Shrewsbury

3

1

4

2

10

HMYOI Thorn Cross

2

4

2

8

HMP Usk

1

1

2

HMP The Verne

10

1

1

3

2

17

HMP The Weare

1

2

1

1

3

HMYOI Wellingborough

9

11

10

4

8

42

HMP Winchester

16

17

5

9

7

54

HMP Wakefield

4

5

4

19

8

40

HMP Wealstun

6

3

3

4

16

HMP Woodhill

6

2

6

5

11

30

HMP Warren Hill

2

1

8

2

13

HMP Wayland

12

16

5

10

7

50

HMP Wymott

4

6

4

1

12

27

HMYOI Werrington

1

9

4

14

HMRC Wolds

7

1

1

4

3

16

HMP Whitemoor

13

12

11

19

15

70

HMP Wormwood Scrubs

16

22

16

11

26

91

HMP Whatton

6

6

HMP Wandsworth

37

33

22

16

12

120

HMYOI Wetherby

14

24

8

4

4

54

Total in each year

1,070

1,043

1,086

1,083

1,055

5,337

Total over the last five years

5,337

1 Closed

Note:

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.