HC Deb 16 December 1947 vol 445 c334W
Mr. H. D. Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what were the total losses incurred in the United Kingdom as a result of damage by fire in the years ended March, 1939, and 1947, respectively.

Mr. Ede

So far as I am aware, the only available figures are those which are published from time to time in the Press and which do not distinguish between the United Kingdom and Eire. I am not fully informed as to the methods by which these figures are compiled and cannot judge how far they are reliable.