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Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 11 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what tax-efficient schemes for the purchase of bicycles his Department makes available to its employees; how many and what percentage of his Department's staff purchased bicycles through such schemes in 2005-06; whether the schemes are available through a range of suppliers; and whether arrangements are made to enable staff with disabilities to purchase adapted bicycles from a specialist supplier. (90055)

The Department is in the process of letting two contracts which will give its employees access to cycles and associated equipment from a number of suppliers through a tax-efficient scheme. The scheme covers specialist equipment for staff with disabilities. A scheme was not in operation within the Department during 2005-06.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the length in miles of cycle lanes in each London borough was in each year since 1997. (91578)

The Department does not collect borough-level data on the length of cycle lanes in London. Transport for London (TfL) is now the body responsible for providing capital funding to London boroughs for cycle lanes and other local transport initiatives. Further information concerning cycle routes may be obtained from:

Director of Street Management

Transport for London

Windsor House

42-50 Victoria Street