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Fires: Domestic Waste

Volume 491: debated on Thursday 23 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many refuse container fires were reported in each of the last five years in (a) England and (b) Northamptonshire; (270531)

(2) how many fires involving (a) plastic wheelie bins, (b) other plastic refuse containers, (c) metal refuse containers and (d) other forms of refuse container took place in the last five years; and if she will make a statement.

Information regarding the number of fires solely in refuse containers is not held centrally.

Information regarding all refuse fires, attended by Fire and Rescue Services in England, including those in refuse containers is available in the table.

Total refuse and refuse container fires1, England, 2003-072

FRS area

2003

2004

2005

2006

20072

England

152,461

119,430

114,307

107,677

108,335

Avon

3,583

2,587

2,136

1,613

1,489

Bedfordshire

1,332

1,074

980

863

911

Berkshire

1,323

986

869

796

831

Buckinghamshire

1,821

1,385

1,349

1,307

1,181

Cambridgeshire

1,233

1,065

1,056

1,134

941

Cheshire

3,865

3,366

3,494

3,160

2,881

Cleveland

4,776

3,569

3,787

4,001

3,853

Cornwall

414

386

375

412

320

Cumbria

1,519

1,234

1,441

1,400

1,305

Derbyshire

1,586

1,297

1,161

1,351

1,230

Devon

1,794

1,617

1,419

1,597

1,459

Dorset

674

585

569

540

525

Durham

2,674

2,185

2,332

2,325

2,419

East Sussex

1,312

1,175

966

905

862

Gloucestershire

1,022

781

777

661

618

Greater London

18,883

14,275

14,007

12,055

12,478

Greater Manchester

14,237

10,847

11,058

10,543

10,451

Hampshire

3,405

3,025

2,646

2,728

2,512

Hereford and Worcester

1,024

721

667

721

621

Hertfordshire

1,981

1,427

1,469

1,311

1,197

Humberside

5,460

4,217

3,824

3,515

3,459

Isle of Wight

120

142

130

131

130

Isles of Scilly

6

1

0

5

0

Kent

3,836

3,199

2,978

2,481

2,326

Lancashire

6,349

4,574

4,324

2,360

4,362

Leicestershire

1,772

1,550

1,392

1,455

1,429

Lincolnshire

874

726

662

836

965

Merseyside

12,913

8,854

7,310

7,086

6,493

Norfolk

1,045

941

914

1,032

861

North Yorkshire

1,255

973

985

1,026

940

Northamptonshire

2,056

1,651

1,634

1,361

1,409

Northumberland

1,199

901

856

888

949

Nottinghamshire

2,746

2,111

2,128

2,080

1,983

Oxfordshire

678

602

575

483

553

Shropshire

1,037

827

854

787

784

Somerset

729

556

490

507

541

South Yorkshire

5,850

4,670

4,965

4,958

5,563

Staffordshire

2,704

2,335

2,355

2,272

2,327

Suffolk

844

787

689

782

713

Surrey

1,185

951

945

940

916

Tyne and Wear

7,869

6,104

5,488

6,035

6,050

Warwickshire

1,088

936

831

887

816

West Midlands

9,514

7,733

7,570

7,067

7,029

West Sussex

1,212

972

838

727

728

West Yorkshire

10,949

9,030

8,455

8,000

8,407

Wiltshire

713

500

557

553

518

1 Secondary fire figures are based on monthly FDR3 aggregated returns. 2 Provisional data for 2007 are provisional and subject to change.

Note:

Figures are based on sampled data weighted to true brigade totals. Source: CLG.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many refuse container fires resulted in deaths in (a) England and (b) Northamptonshire in each of the last five years. (270533)

The information requested is available in the following table.

Fatal refuse container fires1,2 by FRS area, UK, 2003-073

FRS area

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

England

0

0

0

1

2

Avon

0

0

0

0

0

Bedfordshire

0

0

0

0

0

Berkshire

0

0

0

0

0

Buckinghamshire

0

0

0

0

0

Cambridgeshire

0

0

0

0

0

Cheshire

0

0

0

0

0

Cleveland

0

0

0

0

0

Cornwall

0

0

0

0

0

Cumbria

0

0

0

0

0

Derbyshire

0

0

0

0

0

Devon

0

0

0

0

0

Dorset

0

0

0

0

0

Durham

0

0

0

0

0

East Sussex

0

0

0

0

0

Essex

0

0

0

0

0

Gloucestershire

0

0

0

0

0

Greater Manchester

0

0

0

0

0

Hampshire

0

0

0

0

0

Hereford and Worcester

0

0

0

1

0

Hertfordshire

0

0

0

0

0

Humberside

0

0

0

0

0

Isle of Wight

0

0

0

0

0

Isles of Scilly

0

0

0

0

0

Kent

0

0

0

0

0

Lancashire

0

0

0

0

0

Leicestershire

0

0

0

0

0

Lincolnshire

0

0

0

0

0

Merseyside

0

0

0

0

2

Norfolk

0

0

0

0

0

North Yorkshire

0

0

0

0

0

Northamptonshire

0

0

0

0

0

Northumberland

0

0

0

0

0

Nottinghamshire

0

0

0

0

0

Oxfordshire

0

0

0

0

0

Shropshire

0

0

0

0

0

Somerset

0

0

0

0

0

South Yorkshire

0

0

0

0

0

Staffordshire

0

0

0

0

0

Suffolk

0

0

0

0

0

Surrey

0

0

0

0

0

Tyne and Wear

0

0

0

0

0

Warwickshire

0

0

0

0

0

West Midlands

0

0

0

0

0

West Sussex

0

0

0

0

0

West Yorkshire

0

0

0

0

0

Wiltshire

0

0

0

0

0

1 Including additional late call and heat and smoke damage incidents (not recorded prior to 1994).

2 Figures are based on sampled data weighted to true brigade totals.

3 Figures for 2007 are provisional and subject to change.

Source:

CLG Ref: 2009032_PM(03-07).sas 21APR09