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Members Of Parliament (Bribery)

Volume 301: debated on Wednesday 24 September 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to make bribery of hon. Members an offence. [15802]

The Government are committed to tackling all forms of corruption, including bribery of hon. Members. My right hon. Friend expects to make a statement on the reform of the law in this area early next year, taking account of the results of the consultation exercise which he launched in June and of proposals which the Law Commission are preparing. He will also take account of any further recommendations which the Committee on Standards in Public Life might make and of the views of the Joint Committee on Parliamentary Privilege.