To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families 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 does not offer a cycle to work scheme to its employees. However, my Department does offer interest-free, advance of salary loan to purchase a bicycle for those employees who want them. The Department does encourage staff to use sustainable forms of travel wherever possible including cycling to work as well as using public transport.
Non-departmental public bodies are responsible for their own policies.