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"When corruption happens in developing countries, it is
the very poorest people in our world who foot the bill. Corruption
is a dead-weight which is holding countries and their people back.
"The UK Government will not only work in countries to prevent
public funds from being siphoned off or stolen - we will step up
our efforts to combat corruption that uses our shores as a
International Development Secretary of State , Justine
In line with the spirit of the United Nations Convention Against
Corruption (UNCAC) and with encouragement from the Organisation for
Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) the UK has produced a
‘Gold standard’ piece of legislation to tackle bribery at home and
Following public consultation in November 2010 and the
publication of Her Majesty's Government’s ‘Adequate Procedures’
Guidance to business in 2011, the new Bribery Act 2010 came into
force on 1st July, 2011.
It makes it a criminal offence to give, promise or offer a bribe
and to request, agree to receive or accept a bribe either at home
or abroad, with section 6 specifically relating to foreign public
The act introduces a corporate offence of failure to prevent
bribery by persons working on behalf of a business; with a
potential defence reliant on the company showing ‘adequate
procedures’ were in place.
Finally, the act also increases the maximum penalty for bribery
from seven to ten years imprisonment, with an unlimited fine.
The new act completely repeals:
and partially repeals, revokes or amends a number of other
linked legislative instruments.
All offences pre 1st July 2011 will be dealt with under the