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Corruption: Public Service

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 14 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Huntington of 26 October 2009, Official Report, column 86W, on corruption, when he now plans to publish the Foreign Bribery Strategy. (310003)

Following the launch of the new OECD Recommendation for Further Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials on 9 December 2009, the UK Foreign Bribery Strategy has been amended to highlight this new platform for international cooperation. I plan to publish the Strategy shortly.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what guidance he has provided to (a) Government (i) Departments and (ii) other bodies and (b) non-governmental organisations in his role as anti-corruption champion. (310004)

In my role as International Anti-Corruption Champion, I am responsible for coordinating and driving forward Government action against international corruption. This cross-departmental work has included annual instructions to Overseas Missions on reporting allegations on UK involvement in foreign bribery and supporting ethical business conduct. Work under the new Foreign Bribery Strategy will include a more detailed anti-corruption toolkit for Overseas Missions and the development of new guidelines regarding companies convicted of corruption offences.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what meetings he has had in his role as anti-corruption champion. (310007)

In my role as International Anti-Corruption Champion I have held roundtable discussions with business, non-governmental organisations, police, prosecutors, and regulators on 12 May and 13 October 2009. I also addressed the 5th European Forum on Anti-corruption on 23 June 2009 (the text is available on the MoJ website). In addition, I have had internal meetings with departmental officials in relation to this role.