§ Mr. Lidington
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the accident rate per number of vehicles on the M40 between 1393W junctions 3 and 6 in the last year for which figures are available; and what the average accident rate for motorways was in the same period. 
§ Mr. Jamieson
The Highways Agency publishes accident rates per million vehicle kilometres travelled. On this basis, the accident rates in 2003 for the section of the M40 between junctions 3 and 6 are as follows:
Junctions Accident rate 3 to 4 0.187 4 to 5 0.033 5 to 6 0.087
The national accident rate for a three-lane motorway is 0.089.