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MW Kellogg: Export Credit Guarantees

Volume 498: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills whether the support provided by the Export Credits Guarantee Department in connection with the liquefied natural gas Plant at Bonny Island in Nigeria included commissions to agents. (293802)

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps were taken by the Export Credits Guarantee Department to ascertain whether MW Kellogg Ltd. or other subsidiaries of Halliburton were implicated in (a) domestic and (b) foreign jurisdictions in allegations of bribery in connection with the liquefied natural gas Plant at Bonny Island in Nigeria. (293803)

Prior to committing its support for the supplies of goods and services by MW Kellogg Ltd. to the LNG plant at Bonny Island in Nigeria, ECGD obtained from the company a warranty that to the best of its knowledge no-one, including anyone acting on its behalf, had engaged in any corrupt activity in connection with the goods and services for which ECGD provide its support. Following the provision of its support, ECGD became aware of allegations of bribery and corruption in connection with the LNG plant at Bonny Island. Since ECGD is not an investigatory body and has no investigatory powers, it does not carry out investigations into such allegations but reports them to the Serious Fraud Office.