To ask the Secretary of State for International Development 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.
The Department for International Development (DFID) does not currently offer a cycle to work scheme to its employees. Our intention is to introduce a scheme through the course of 2008 in line with changes planned as part of our Human Resources Transformation Programme.
At present DFID staff can apply for an interest free loan to cover the cost of purchasing a bicycle and any necessary security and safety equipment up to the value to £500. The loan is repayable over a maximum period of 12 months.
The one DFID Executive non-departmental public body does not employ any staff.