§ Mr. Chaytor
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many GP out-of-hours co-operatives there are; and how many of these are connected to the NHS intranet. 
§ Mr. Hutton
There are estimated to be about 240 general practitioner (GP) out-of-hours co-operatives in England. But they are not national health service organisations and as such the Department does not therefore collect or hold comprehensive data on them. For similar reasons GP co-operatives are not connected to the NHS intranet.