TRADE AND INDUSTRY COMMITTEE
COMMITTEE OFFICE HOUSE OF COMMONS
7 MILLBANK LONDON SW1P 3JA
Telephone: 020 7219 5777/5779
PN 27 of Session 2005-06
Inquiry into Export Credits Guarantee Department's bribery rules
The Trade and Industry Committee is today announcing the setting up of a Sub-Committee to conduct an inquiry into the changes that the Export Credits Guarantee Department has made to its bribery rules since April 2004.
The Sub-Committee will focus on two areas:
Do the procedures published on 16 March 2006 in the Government's "Final Response to the Export Credit Guarantee Department's consultation on the changes made to its anti-bribery and corruption procedures in December 2004" reduce as far as reasonably practical the risk of ECGD supporting contracts tainted by corruption?
Are the proposals set out in the Final Response workable?
The Chairman of the Sub-Committee, Roger Berry MP, said:
"The Trade and Industry Select Committee has watched closely the ECGD's work in developing rules to combat bribery and I am pleased that the Committee has set up a Sub-Committee to follow-up its earlier inquiry into the ECGD.
"The anti-bribery procedures which the Government published on 16 March 2006 have had a long, and at times a controversial, gestation since April 2004. It is vital for both business and the tax-payer that the new procedures are workable and reduce to a minimum the risk of ECGD supporting contracts tainted by corruption."
The Sub-Committee invites written submissions to this inquiry to be submitted, as a MS Word document, by e-mail to email@example.com with a single hard copy sent to the Clerk of the Sub-Committee at the address above by 5.00 pm on Thursday 27 April 2006. Details of oral evidence hearings will be announced shortly after that date.
The Sub-Committee consists of Mr Roger Berry, Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas, Judy Mallaber, Rob Marris and Mr Mike Weir.
The Government's "Final Response to the Export Credit Guarantee Department's consultation on the changes made to its anti-bribery and corruption procedures in December 2004" published on 16 March 2006 is available at
For further information about the inquiry please call the Committee Office on 020 7219 5777/5779.
30 March 2006