HC Deb 23 April 1998 vol 310 c672W
Kate Hoey

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions (1) how many deaths were caused by fires in buildings in(a) 1995 and (b) 1996; [39294]

(2) how many building fire deaths were caused by toxic smoke and fume inhalation in (a) 1995 and (b) 1996. [39295]

Mr. George Howarth

I have been asked to reply.

The readily available information is given in the table.

We want to restore confidence for all market players and enable the benefits of new technologies to be delivered throughout the country.

We want to encourage competition which will drive down prices, enhance innovation and encourage private sector investment—to the benefit of the consumer—in all areas of the market; in services and in networks. A competitive market in network provision will underpin sustainable competition in services for the long term.