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Volume 475: debated on Thursday 1 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether his Department provides (a) tax-free benefits and (b) other allowances for their staff to purchase bicycles under the Cycle to Work scheme; and if he will make a statement. (198768)

Currently there is no provision in respect of tax free benefits to purchase a bicycle under the cycle to work scheme. It is anticipated that this facility will be made available later this year when the Department has fully implemented a new HR and pay system. In the meantime the Department has made available an advance of salary to a maximum of £400 should staff wish to purchase a bicycle and associated safety equipment.