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How effective is the Bribery Act? Lords Committtee asks

03 July 2018

The House of Lords Bribery Act 2010 Committee holds its first evidence session on Tuesday 3 July. The session begins the inquiry, which examines the Bribery Act 2010, seven years after it came into force. The session seeks the views of Government officials on the effectiveness of the Act and related issues.

Witnesses

Tuesday 3 July in Committee Room 4, Palace of Westminster

At 10.30am

  • Nicola Hewer, Director of Family and Criminal Justice Policy, Ministry of Justice
  • Matthew Gould, Deputy Director for Criminal Court and Criminal Law Policy, Ministry of Justice
  • Michelle Crotty, Director/Deputy Head of Office, Attorney General’s Office

Possible questions

Questions the Committee is likely to ask include:

  • Why has the number of criminal proceedings under the Bribery Act 2010 been so low, and what does this signify?
  • Why have there been no prosecutions for the bribing of foreign officials?
  • Some countries make specific allowances for so-called 'facilitation payments' – should this be considered in the UK, or would this be a regressive step?
  • Have there been any unintended consequences resulting from the Act?
  • What does the Government plan to do to improve awareness of the Act and guidance among small and medium-sized enterprises?

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