How effective is the Bribery Act? Committee question Ministers

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04 December 2018

The Select Committee on the Bribery Act 2010 Committee hears evidence from ministers from the Ministry of Justice, the Home Office, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Department for International Trade.


Tuesday 4 December, Committee Room 2, Palace of Westminster

At 10.30am

  • Edward Argar MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice
  • Ben Wallace MP, Minister of State for Security and Economic Crime, Home Office
  • Kelly Tolhurst MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Minister for Small Businesses, Consumers and Corporate Responsibility, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • Baroness Fairhead CBE, Minister of State for Trade and Export Promotion, Department for International Trade

Possible questions

  • Why is a high level of authorisation always required for prosecutions for offences under the Bribery Act?
  • Why are there so few petty bribery prosecutions, despite the prevalence of pretty bribery in industries such as shipping and construction?
  • What can the Department for International Trade do to improve the advice given to exporters abroad on local business culture and ethics, and on facilitation payments?
  • The City of London Police have provided evidence suggesting the lack of a lead force has led to an "intelligence gap" regarding occurrences of bribery. Why does a lead force not exist, as is the case for fraud?
  • How is the Government planning on mitigating the impact of the loss of the European Arrest Warrant and the European Investigation Order?

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