§ Mrs. Gillan
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much local authorities have received to defray the costs of storing refrigerators. 
§ Mr. Meacher
In December 2001, we announced a grant of £6 million for local authorities to cover their costs up until March 2002 for the storage and disposal of refrigerators.
In addition, we announced special grant funding of £40 million for local authorities to cover their costs for this financial year. Additional help for future years was included in the Spending Review announced on 15 July.