§ Mr. Mackay
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost was of repairs and maintenance to(a) steel barrier systems and (b) concrete barrier systems on the M25 for the last five years for which figures are available. 
§ Dr. Howells
On the basis of information since September 2001 the figures available for the cost of repairs to the steel barriers on the M25 are:
Cost of repairs £ September 2001—August 2002 2,248 September 2002—August 2003 3,302 September 2003—To date 479,000
There is an annual budget of £94,000 for maintenance of steel barriers. Most repairs to the barriers are due to accident damage and where possible, costs are recovered from the drivers that are responsible for an accident.
The concrete barriers on the M25 are designed to be maintenance free after their initial construction. There have been no major repairs required in this period due to accidents.