Draft Bribery Bill: Report, Together with Formal Minutes v. 1: First Report of Session 2008-09

Draft Bribery Bill: Report, Together with Formal Minutes v. 1: First Report of Session 2008-09


By (author) Joint Committee on the Draft Bribery Bill

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  • Publisher: Stationery Office Books
  • Format: Paperback | 118 pages
  • Publication date: 28 July 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Norwich
  • ISBN 10: 0108444805
  • ISBN 13: 9780108444807

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This report strongly welcomes the draft Bill as an important step forward in tackling corruption and fulfilling the UK's international obligations. The findings follow years of criticism being levelled against the current law of bribery by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, among others. Subject to a number of amendments being made, the Committee endorses the main criminal offences that are proposed by the draft Bill, including a discrete offence for the bribery of foreign public officials. The Committee particularly welcomes the new offence that targets companies and partnerships that fail to prevent bribes being paid on their behalf. However, the Committee remains concerned about the draft Bill's focus on whether a 'responsible person' was negligent, rather than on the collective failure of the company to ensure that adequate anti-bribery procedures were in place, fearing that this would introduce a narrow and complex solution to a pressing problem. The Committee also endorses the substantial penalties that are available under the Bill, including the power to impose unlimited fines on companies and a maximum ten year sentence of imprisonment for individuals. On parliamentary privilege, the Committee says that this complex issue should only be addressed in future as part of a comprehensive Bill specifically on that privilege. The accompanying "Draft Bribery Bill - Volume II: Oral and Written Evidence (HL Paper 115-II / HC 430-II)" (ISBN 9780108444784) is available to buy separately.

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