Financial crimes undermine development when public money is diverted from necessary legitimate expenditure programmes in order to enrich private individuals.
BAe was recently convicted of failing to keep proper books and records in relation to the sale of an air traffic control system to Tanzania. It was fined £500,000. BAE agreed to pay an amount representing the balance of the value of the contract (after deducting the fine) for the benefit of the people of Tanzania. That balance amounts to £29.5m.
In addition, there are concerns about the implementation of the Bribery Act 2010.
Terms of Reference when the Committee called for Written Evidence
- The Committee will undertake a brief inquiry, looking in particular at:
- How BAe will ensure that its payment to Tanzania is used effectively for development purposes.
- What advice DFID has given to BAe and other bodies about how this money might be used.
- Whether the law needs to be changed to ensure that British companies and individuals found guilty of financial crimes in developing countries are always required by the court to make reparations to the developing country concerned.
- Whether further changes to the Bribery Act 2010 or other legislation are required.
- Whether the UK prosecuting authorities have the resources and powers they need to prosecute transnational financial crimes, particularly when there are also criminal proceedings in another jurisdiction in respect of the same issue
- How the Government co-ordinates its policy against transnational financial crime.
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