Michael Dugher (Barnsley East, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether she has made an estimate of (a) the value of metal stolen from railways in Barnsley in (i) 2010 and (ii) 2011 and (b) costs incurred by (A) Network Rail and (B) train operating companies owing to the theft of metal from railways in the Barnsley Metropolitan Borough in (1) 2010 and (2) 2011.
Norman Baker (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Regional and Local Transport), Transport; Lewes, Liberal Democrat)
This is a matter for Network Rail and the train operators. However, Network Rail has advised that the cost of compensation it paid to train operators on its London and North Eastern route for delays arising from incidents of metal theft was £3,534,219 in 2010/11 and £4,039,448 in 2011/12.