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Departmental Transport

Volume 475: debated on Wednesday 14 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff (a) cars and (b) bicycles are (i) funded or (ii) subsidised by his Department. (197854)

The Department does not fund or subsidise the purchase of cars for members of staff. Interest-free loans are available to staff for the purchase of season tickets or bicycles to encourage green commuting. These loans are provided within HM Treasury guidance for tax-free benefits. The same tax rules apply to benefits in kind provided to employees of Government Departments as to any other employee.

In the 2007-08 financial year, the Department approved four interest-free loans for staff purchase of bicycles.

The Department is currently putting in place a ‘cycle to work’ scheme for its employees. The scheme will support employees in taking greener journeys, by enabling the Department to loan a cycle to an employee for 12-18 months. The same tax rules apply to benefits in kind provided to employees of Government departments as to any other employee.