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Cycling

Volume 476: debated on Monday 19 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of staff in his Department received an interest-free, advance of salary loan to purchase a bicycle in each year for which records are available. (205029)

The following table sets out numbers and proportions of interest-free salary advances for bicycle purchase over the past five years:

Department/Year

Number of advances

Number of staff (headcount)

Percentage of staff receiving advance

DCSF

July 2007 to date

5

2,731

0.18

DfES

July 2006 to June 2007

1

3,460

0.03

July 2005 to June 2006

1

3,768

0.03

July 2004 to June 2005

4

4,132

0.10

July 2003 to June 2004

8

4,684

0.17

It should be noted that the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) was formed as part of the Machinery of Government changes on 28 June 2007. The earlier figures refer to the predecessor Department for Education and Skills (DfES) although the two Departments are not directly comparable due to staff changes, in particular over 500 staff moved from DfES to the new Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS).