UK Bribery Bill May Not Pass Before Election

4 03 2010

In an article for the Financial Times newspaper Charles Falconer, former Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, warned that the UK Bribery Bill may fail as a result of a lack of time before the General  Election. He suggests that Britain needs to go the last mile on bribery because, “We in Britain pride ourselves on playing by the rules. In the area of foreign bribery we do not have that reputation.”

He stresses the importance of the bill saying, ” The bribery bill is the most powerful weapon yet for Britain’s anti-corruption police. If enacted, it would give the Serious Fraud Office the powers to deal with corruption by UK companies, no matter where it occurs. The bill would abolish all existing bribery offences and create four new ones – including making it an offence to bribe another person or to be bribed.”

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