The Deputy will recall that I have already pointed out in my reply to him on 22 October 1997 that I have no role in the provision of cycleways or dedicated off-road cyclepaths. This is a matter for the Minster for the Environment and Local Government who I understand has replied to the Deputy in this matter.
The Operational Programme for Tourism, 1994-1999, however, does provide, under measure 4 of its product development sub-programme, for investment in the development of "themed" cycling routes. It also provides for assistance towards the provision of cycle hire and associated equipment, where the business involved has a demonstrable track record in developing overseas tourism.
As cycling is indeed a very healthy and enjoyable activity, I share the Deputy's hope that it will be encouraged by the hosting here of the opening stages of the 1998 Tour de France.