HC Deb 04 November 2003 vol 412 c591W
15. Mr. Gordon Prentice

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many putative NHS foundation hospital trusts have published material seeking public support for foundation status; and how much was spent in each case. [135983]

Mr. Hutton

The 25 applicants in the first wave for NHS foundation trust status are all currently consulting with patients, the public, staff and partner organisations on their application. The costs associated with this consultation are not kept centrally.