Bribery Act 2010: Explanatory Notes Chapter 23

Bribery Act 2010: Explanatory Notes Chapter 23


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  • Publisher: Stationery Office Books
  • Format: Paperback | 17 pages
  • Publication date: 27 April 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Norwich
  • ISBN 10: 0105623105
  • ISBN 13: 9780105623106

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The purpose of this Act is to reform the criminal law of bribery, to provide for a new consolidated scheme of bribery offences, and to cover bribery both in the United Kingdom (UK) and abroad. The Act replaces the offences at common law and under the Public Bodies Corrupt Practices Act 1889, the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906 and the Prevention of Corruption Act 1916 (known collectively as the Prevention of Corruption Acts 1889 to 1916 and which will be repealed) with two general offences. The first covers the offering, promising or giving of an advantage (broadly, offences of bribing another person). The second deals with the requesting, agreeing to receive or accepting of an advantage (broadly, offences of being bribed). The formulation of these two offences abandons the agent/principal relationship on which the previous law was based in favour of a model based on an intention to induce improper conduct. The Act also creates a discrete offence of bribery of a foreign public official and a new offence where a commercial organisation fails to prevent bribery.

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