Written answers

Wednesday, 29 April 2009

9:00 pm

Photo of Terence FlanaganTerence Flanagan (Dublin North East, Fine Gael)
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Question 117: To ask the Minister for Finance the position regarding the cycle to work scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16914/09]

Photo of Róisín ShortallRóisín Shortall (Dublin North West, Labour)
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Question 118: To ask the Minister for Finance the steps he is taking to ensure that the cycle to work scheme introduced in the Finance (No. 2) Act, 2008 can be availed of by all employees under the remit of his Department. [16931/09]

Photo of Brian Lenihan JnrBrian Lenihan Jnr (Minister, Department of Finance; Dublin West, Fianna Fail)
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I propose to take Questions Nos. 117 and 118 together.

As I mentioned in reply to previous Parliamentary Questions on this matter, the implementation of the bicycle purchase scheme for the Civil Service is being dealt with by my Department. Introducing the scheme in the Civil Service has given rise to a number of issues including that of public procurement. These issues will be resolved shortly. I also understand that the Office of Public Works will be advertising soon seeking expressions of interest from those selling bicycles, pedelecs and electrically assisted bicycles and who would be interested in supplying bicycles and bicycle safety equipment to those availing of the scheme in the civil service. A circular providing for a scheme in the Civil Service will be issued as soon as practicable and those arrangements can provide a framework for the implementation of a similar scheme in the wider Public Service.

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