Cycling England

House of Lords written question – answered on 6th January 2015.

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Photo of Baroness Seccombe Baroness Seccombe Conservative

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the annual budget of Cycling England in 2010/11 or the last financial year for which figures are available.

Photo of Lord Deighton Lord Deighton The Commercial Secretary to the Treasury

The annual budget provided by the Department for Transport to Cycling England in 2010-11 was £63 million.

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Andrew Reeves-Hall
Posted on 7 Jan 2015 9:53 am (Report this annotation)

This answer is used to justify a Conservative party document which claimed that a Labour government (if elected in May 2015) would resurrect Cycling England and that this would cost £63m.

That amount is:
(a) far lower than the £10 per person per year recommendation in the Get Britain Cycling inquiry that MPs voted in support of on 2 September 2013 and again on 16 October 2014 [1]; and,

(b) less than half what this current government spends -- In November 2014 the deputy PM stated that the current government had "more than doubl[ed] funding for cycling to £374 million in 2011 to 2015" [2]

Writing on BikeBiz, Carlton Reid stated [3]: "Cycling England did not cost £63m to run – it had an operational budget of less than £200,000 per year and, via experts, advised the Department for Transport on how to spend its cycling budget."

The 'Cycling England Mid-Term Review 2008/9 - 2010/11' stated [4]:
"The bulk of its [Cycling England's] role is in coordinating a programme of investment in new and existing projects to get more people cycling."

And:
"As a result of early successes and mounting evidence of the value that cycling can play in tackling major public policy issues, the Department now invests £140 million in cycling: £20 million in 2008/9 and £60 million in each of 2009/10 and 2010/11. £15 million of this is from the Department of Health in recognition of cycling’s significant contribution to health objectives."

~Andrew~


[1] http://getbritaincycling.org/

[2] https://www.gov.uk/government/news/deputy-pm-announces-214-m...

[3] http://www.bikebiz.com/news/read/labour-and-tories-squabble-...

[4] http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20110407094607/htt...

Andrew Reeves-Hall
Posted on 7 Jan 2015 10:03 am (Report this annotation)

The link my reference [4] appears not to work properly (a bug in this website perhaps when linking to the National Archives?).

You can read the pdf document "cycling-england-midterm-reivew-2010.pdf" by clicking the link at the bottom of this page, under the heading 'Useful Documents':

National Archives of Cycling England: http://tinyurl.com/pnsal8j

~Andrew~

Matthew Somerville
Posted on 10 May 2015 12:26 pm (Report this annotation)

Fixed the bug with auto-linking, sorry about that!