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Departmental Transport

Volume 477: debated on Friday 13 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when each of his Department’s and its agencies’ green transport plans were introduced; and if he will place in the Library a copy of each such plan. (209246)

The NIO has a number of policies and practices related to green transport, these include:

loans to staff to purchase public transport season tickets;

staff who use public transport can also get a loan to purchase a car park season ticket at their station;

loans to staff to purchase cycles; and

promoting our video conferencing facilities to reduce travel between our Belfast and London offices.

The Northern Ireland Prison Service is actively managing its extensive fleet of vehicles to ensure that it is run as efficiently and effectively as possible.

As the Department cannot eliminate the need for staff to fly, we participate in the Government Carbon Offsetting Fund to offset emissions from official and ministerial air travel. We are currently working with colleagues in the NI Departments on the Stormont Estate to produce a single workplace travel plan that will look to encourage alternatives to use of the car, including discussing with Translink possible improvements to public transport, looking at park and ride schemes and promoting car sharing, walking and cycling.