HC Deb 25 January 2001 vol 361 c718W
Mr. Simon Hughes

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total number of fire-related deaths in the home was in each of the last five years; what the total number of reported fires was in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. [145715]

Mr. Mike O'Brien

The information contained in the table, relates to fires attended by local authority fire brigades in the United Kingdom.

Number of fires1 and fire-related deaths—1995 to 1999
United Kingdom 1995 1996 1997 1998 19991
Total fire deaths 736 709 723 668 663
of which:
dwellings 559 564 562 519 466
Total fires2 604,200 532,300 469,000 409,700 467,900
of which:
dwellings 68,700 71,700 72,500 71,100 72,100
1 1999 data for fires attended are provisional. Figures for fire-related deaths have been estimated to account for revisions expected due to further information becoming available from inquests and death certificates etc.
2 Consists of primary (property and/or involving casualties), secondary (mainly outdoors not involving property) and chimney fires.