To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills 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.
Although the Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills does not offer the Cycle to Work scheme it does offer an alternative scheme to its employees. This scheme also supports employees in taking greener journeys, by enabling employees to purchase a bike. This arrangement does not extend to the Department's non-departmental public bodies.
Neither the Department nor its non-departmental public bodies offer any other tax free benefits in kind to employees. The same tax rules apply to benefits in kind provided to employees of Government Departments as to any other employee.