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Weather

Volume 493: debated on Tuesday 2 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many copies of the Heatwave Plan for England 2009 have been produced; and what the cost of production, printing and distribution of the document was. (277707)

The Heatwave Plan itself is a web-based document only. It is distributed via the Department's website, so no hard copies are produced.

Three additional documents complement the Heatwave Plan itself, to form a package of Heatwave Plan documents. These documents are two factsheets and a public information leaflet:

Factsheet: Supporting vulnerable people before and during a heatwave—advice for health and social care professionals (which like the plan itself is web-based);

Factsheet: Supporting vulnerable people before and during a heatwave—advice for care home managers and staff (which like the plan itself is web-based); and

Leaflet: A guide to looking after yourself and others during hot weather (distributed in hard-copy via GP surgeries, pharmacies and other local outlets).

To date, 900,000 of the leaflet have been printed for 2009.

To date, the cost of producing and distributing the 2009 package of Heatwave Plan documents is £79,504.79, made up of the cost of revising the three web-based documents and enabling them to be downloaded from the Department's website, and the printing and posting costs of the leaflet.