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Departments: Public Transport

Volume 462: debated on Wednesday 11 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what incentives she has considered to encourage staff in her Department to use public transport. (148801)

It is Home Office policy to avoid staff travel wherever possible by the use of systems such as videoconferencing or teleconferencing or by encouraging home working. However where travel is necessary such as for commuting staff are encouraged to take up interest-free loans for season tickets. The use of public transport for duty travel is encouraged by restricting on site car parking, and making use of travel websites for information services and to simplify ticketing arrangements. Staff are also informed about local transport initiatives and promotions. Where the location or nature of the work makes the use of public transport impractical for staff, car sharing is encouraged.