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Joint Committee on The Draft Corruption Bill Publications

Joint Committee on The Draft Corruption Bill - Report

Here you can browse the report together with the Proceedings of the Committee. The published report was ordered by the House of Lords and the House of Commons to be printed 17 July 2003.


Terms of Reference



1  Introduction

Conduct of the inquiry

The need for new legislation

The criminal offences

2  Evidence received


Specific or broad offences

Definition of corruption

Agent/principal relationship

Consent of the principal



Compatibility with international conventions

Trading in influence

Misuse of public office

Non-resident subsidiaries of UK companies

Facilitation payments


Financial services commissions

Public interest defence

Prosecution of corruption offences

Missing evidence

Comment on evidence received

3  The Bill - the options

Option 1: Modifying the Bill

Option 2: An alternative analysis of the harm in corruption

Option 3: An alternative structure to the Bill

International experience

How would the Bill be restructured if the new definition were adopted?


4  Clause 12: parliamentary privilege

Prosecuting MPs and peers for corruption

Other matters on Parliamentary Privilege

Freedom of speech in Parliament

Resolving the dilemma

Accepting Clause 12 as drafted

Rejecting Clause 12 completely

Excluding witnesses from Clause 12

Confining Clause 12 to essential cases

Conclusion on Clause 12

5  Clause 17: Attorney General's consent

6  Clause 15: Intelligence services

Functions of the intelligence agencies

Compliance with international obligations

Conclusion about Clause 15

7  Other Matters

Guidance notes or Code of Practice

The Relationship of corruption law to the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002

8  Conclusion

Conclusions and recommendations

Annex 1: Schedule of detailed points made about the draft Bill
by witnesses, together with comments by the Home Office

Annex 2: Table of international obligations

Annex 3: Statutory functions of the intelligence agencies

Annex 4: Note by Peter Alldridge, specialist adviser, on locating
the harm in bribery and corruption - an alternative approach

Formal minutes


List of written evidence

List of unprinted written evidence

Oral Evidence

Tuesday 13 May 2003
Wednesday 14 May 2003
Tuesday 20 May 2003
Wednesday 21 May 2003
Monday 2 June 2003
Wednesday 4 June 2003
Tuesday 10 June 2003
Wednesday 11 June 2003

Written Evidence

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