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Government's anti-corruption agenda: Lords Bribery Act Committee to question ‘anti-corruption champion'

The House of Lords Bribery Act 2010 Committee will question the Government's Anti-Corruption Champion John Penrose MP on Tuesday 10 July, as part of its post-legislative scrutiny inquiry on the Bribery Act 2010.

The inquiry is tasked with examining: the effectiveness of the Bribery Act 2010; whether there has been stricter prosecution of corrupt conduct, a higher conviction rate, and a reduction of such conduct; the impact of the Act on SMEs; and Deferred Prosecution Agreements in relation to bribery.

Giving evidence to the Committee at 10.30am, John Penrose MP will be asked questions likely including:

  • How prevalent is bribery in the UK, seven years after the Bribery Act 2010 came into force? 
  • What does your role entail in relation to tackling bribery? Are there any difficulties in both supporting and challenging the Government's anticorruption agenda?
  • We understand your role includes engagement with external stakeholders, including business, to ensure that their concerns are taken into consideration in the development of government anti-corruption policy – What feedback have you received from businesses with regards to the Bribery Act 2010 and corruption more generally?
  • Why is the number of criminal proceedings under the Bribery Act 2010 consistently so low, and what does this signify?
  • Have you observed any consequences from the Bribery Act 2010 which were not anticipated at the time it went into force, and have there been unintended consequences stemming from the Act?

The evidence session will start at 10.30am in Committee Room 4. 

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