Justice written question – answered on 30th April 2008.

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Photo of Rob Marris Rob Marris PPS (Rt Hon Shaun Woodward, Secretary of State), Northern Ireland Office

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether (a) his Department and (b) his Department's non-departmental public bodies provide (i) tax-free benefits and (ii) other allowances for their staff to purchase bicycles under the Cycle to Work Scheme; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Michael Wills Michael Wills Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

The Ministry is currently implementing a salary sacrifice Cycle to Work scheme for its employees. This scheme supports employees in taking greener journeys, by enabling employers to loan a cycle to an employee, for an agreed period. The Ministry also offers other tax free benefits in kind to encourage green commuting, namely access to an advance of salary up to £500 for the purchase of a bicycle and safety equipment. The same tax rules apply to benefits in kind provided to employees of Government Departments as to any other employee. Prison Service/NOMS currently does not offer a Cycle to Work Scheme.

The Ministry's non-departmental public bodies have the authority to determine their own Cycle to Work schemes. The Legal Services Commission is planning to implement the scheme and this is also under consideration by the Office of the Information Commissioner. Advances for the purchase of a bicycle are offered by the Criminal Cases Review Commission, Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority and the Legal Services Commission.

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