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International Corruption

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 24 January 2007

9. To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with his international counterparts on combating corruption in developing countries. (110697)

I frequently discuss the fight against corruption with my international counterparts.

For example, last year I had extensive discussions with the President of the World Bank on combating corruption. I also talked to the Chief Ministers of the Overseas Territories at their Consultative Council meeting in November. I also discuss the issue with Ministers in our partner countries.

12. To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on his role as ministerial champion for addressing international corruption. (110700)

Ministers approved the UK anti-corruption action plan in July 2006. The plan aims to improve the UK’s capacity to investigate foreign bribery, stop money laundering and recover stolen assets, promote responsible business conduct in developing countries and support international efforts to fight corruption. I shall report on progress to the Prime Minister in February.