§ Mr. Waterson
To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many copies of the consultation document, "Fit for the Future?", have been(a) printed, (b) applied for, and (c) distributed; 
(2) if he will extend the period for consultation on the document, "Fit for the Future?". 
§ Mr. Hutton
On 8 September the Department published the consultation document "Fit for the Future?". 5,000 copies were printed. The document was also placed on the Department's website on the internet where people can access it immediately.
1,500 copies of "Fit for the Future?" were distributed to a wide range of representative organisations and individuals for consultation nationally. The circular which accompanied the distribution clearly stated that the consultation document could be freely reproduced by all to whom it was addressed.
An additional 3,500 copies were sent to the Department's distributors to send to people who requested a printed copy of the consultation document.
The high demand for printed copies of "Fit for the Future?" led to stocks being exhausted in mid November leaving a backlog of orders, currently approximately 1,000, with more being received.
In the circumstances, an additional 5,000 copies of "Fit for the Future?" have been printed and these are now being issued. A letter is being sent with these copies giving recipients until 21 January 2000 to comment on the consultation document.