§ Mr. Laurence Robertson
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what extra funding she is providing to local authorities to deal with the disposal of fridges; when this extra funding will become available; and if she will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Meacher
In December 2001, we announced a payment of £6 million to go to local authorities to cover their costs up until March 2002 for the disposal of 53W refrigerators. We realise local authorities are in need of further funding and intend to make an announcement as soon as possible.