Defence written question – answered on 25th February 2013.

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Photo of Ben Bradshaw Ben Bradshaw Labour, Exeter

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence

(1) whether his Department is signed up to the Government's Cycle to Work scheme;

(2) who his Department's cycling champion is;

(3) what progress his Department has made on implementing the Cycle to Work guarantee.

Photo of Mark Francois Mark Francois The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

Although the Ministry of Defence (MOD) does not participate in the Cycle to Work (C2W) scheme, it encourages greater cycle use with equivalent schemes, one for service personnel and one for civilians.

Eligible service personnel can claim a non-taxable benefit in the form of Home to Duty travel allowance (pedal cycle) and civilian personnel can apply for interest free loans of up to £1,000 to enable them to purchase a bicycle.

The MOD is committed to promoting healthier lifestyles and reducing pollution wherever possible, and our policies to encourage this are kept under review. We have recently appointed a Health and Wellbeing Champion, but we do not have a specific champion for cycling.

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