Joint Committee on The Draft Corruption Bill Report


Formal minutes

Extract from House of Lords Minute of 12 February 2003

Corruption—It was moved by the Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn) that it is expedient that a Joint Committee of Lords and Commons be appointed to consider and report on any draft Corruption Bill presented to both Houses by a Minister of the Crown, and that the Committee should report not later than four months after any such bill has been presented to both Houses; the motion was agreed to and a message was ordered to be sent to the Commons to seek their agreement thereto.

Extract from Votes and Proceedings of the House of Commons 10 March 2003

Draft Corruption Bill (Joint Committee),-Ordered, That the Lords Message of 12th February relating to a Joint Committee of both Houses to consider and report on any draft Corruption Bill presented to both Houses by a Minister of the Crown be now considered.

That this House concurs with the Lords in their Resolution relating to the said Joint Committee.

That a Select Committee of seven Members be appointed to join with the Committee appointed by the Lords to consider any such draft Corruption Bill.

That the Committee shall have power-

(i) to send for persons, papers and records;

(ii) to sit notwithstanding any adjournment of the House;

(iii) to report from time to time;

(iv) to appoint specialist advisers;

(v) to adjourn from place to place within the United Kingdom; and

That Vera Baird, Mr Edward Garnier, Mr John MacDougall, Mr Mark Oaten, Mr Richard Shepherd, Mr Paul Stinchcombe and Dr Desmond Turner be members of the Committee.-(Derek Twigg.)

Extract from House of Lords Minute of 24 March 2003

Corruption—It was moved by the Chairman of Committees that the Commons message of 11th March be now considered, and that a Committee of seven Lords be appointed to join with the Committee appointed by the Commons, to consider and report on any draft Corruption Bill presented to both Houses by a Minister of the Crown;

That, as proposed by the Committee of Selection, the Lords following be named of the Committee:

L. Bernstein of Craigweil
L. Campbell-Savours
L. Carlisle of Bucklow
B. Scott of Needham Market
L. Slynn of Hadley
L. Waddington
B. Whitaker;

That the Committee have power to agree with the Commons in the appointment of a Chairman;

That the Committee have leave to report from time to time;

That the Committee have power to appoint specialist advisers;

That the Committee have power to adjourn from place to place within the United Kingdom;

That the reports of the Committee from time to time shall be printed, notwithstanding any adjournment of the House;

That the Committee do report no later than four months after the presentation of any such draft bill;

And that the Committee do meet with the Committee appointed by the Commons today at half past four o'clock in Committee Room 3A;

the motion was agreed to; and a message was ordered to be sent to the Commons to acquaint them therewith.

Proceedings of the Joint Committee

MONDAY 24 MARCH 2003

Members present:


Vera BairdBaroness Scott of Needham Market
Lord Bernstein of CraigweilLord Slynn of Hadley
Lord Campbell-Savours Mr Paul Stinchcombe
Lord Carlisle of Bucklow Dr Desmond Turner
Mr John MacDougall Lord Waddington
Mr Mark Oaten Baroness Whitaker


Members disclosed their interests relating to the draft Bill, pursuant to the resolutions of the House of Commons 13th July 1992 and the House of Lords 2nd July 2001:

Lord Bernstein of Craigweil declared an interest as a Director of Waddington Galleries Limited; Trustee, Jerusalem Foundation (UK); and Trustee, Trusthouse Charitable Foundation.

Lord Carlisle of Bucklow declared an interest as a retired barrister-at-law; former Chairman, Society of Conservative Lawyers; and member, Justice.

Baroness Scott of Needham Market declared an interest as a non-executive director, Entrust (landfill tax credit scheme regulator); non-executive director, Anglia Television (28 October 2002); elected member, Suffolk County Council; member, Commission for Integrated Transport; Vice Chair, Local Government Association; First Great Eastern Stakeholder Advisory Commission (2 December 2002); President, Association of Value Management; and Chair, Local Government Association Transport Executive.

Lord Slynn of Hadley declared an interest as retired a Lord of Appeal.

Lord Waddington declared an interest as Trustee of the estate of J.C. Waddington which owns farmland in Read, Lancashire; Trustee, Natural Justice; Vice Chairman, Bermuda Society; and as a member of the Joint Committee on Parliamentary Privilege 1998-99.

Baroness Whitaker declared employment (remunerated) on a consultant basis, as a member of the Friends Ivory Sime Committee of Reference for ethnical and socially responsible investment, and as part-time Deputy Chair of the Independent Television Commission. She also declared an interest as member of the Advisory Council of Transparency International (UK); Amnesty International; Justice; Liberty; Opportunity International; and Society of Labour Lawyers. She also declared an interest as a non-serving magistrate; and consultant in ethical investment, ISIS Asset Management (Friends Provident).

Vera Baird declared an interest as Queen's Counsel remunerated by the Legal Services Commission. She also declared an interest as Chair, Society of Labour Lawyers; Chair, Fawcett Society Commission on Women and Criminal Justice; member, Council of Justice; and member, Fabian Society.

Edward Garnier declared as an interest his private practice at the Bar.

Mark Oaten declared an interest as Associate Editor, House Magazine.

Richard Shepherd declared an interest as non-executive founder Chairman of Partridges of Sloane Street Ltd (food retailing), and Shepherd Foods (London) Ltd. He also declared an interest as a former member of Lloyd's -- resigned with effect from 31 December 1994 (categories of business underwritten in open and run-off years: all, except life); member of the Court of Governors, London School of Economics; and member of the Board of the Bologna Centre of the John Hopkins University, Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Relations.

Paul Stinchcombe declared an interest as a practising barrister.

Lord Slynn of Hadley was called to the Chair by acclamation.

The Committee deliberated.

Ordered, That the public be admitted during the examination of witnesses unless the Committee otherwise orders.—(The Chairman.)

Ordered, That the uncorrected transcripts of oral evidence given, unless the Committee otherwise orders, be published on the Internet.—(The Chairman.)

The Committee further deliberated.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 7 May at a quarter past Four o'clock

WEDNESDAY 7 MAY 2003

Members present:

Lord Slynn of Hadley, in the Chair


Lord Bernstein of Craigweil Baroness Scott of Needham Market
Lord Campbell-SavoursMr Richard Shepherd
Lord Carlisle of BucklowMr Paul Stinchcombe
Mr Edward GarnierLord Waddington
Mr John MacDougallBaroness Whitaker
Mr Mark Oaten


The Committee deliberated.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 13 May at quarter-past Four o'clock.

TUESDAY 13 MAY 2003

Members present:

Lord Slynn of Hadley, in the Chair


Vera BairdMr Richard Shepherd
Lord Bernstein of CraigweilMr Paul Stinchcombe
Lord Campbell-SavoursDr Desmond Turner
Mr Edward GarnierLord Waddington
Mr John MacDougallBaroness Whitaker
Mr Mark Oaten


The Committee deliberated.

Ordered, That Peter Alldridge be appointed a Specialist Adviser to assist the Committee in its inquiry into the draft Corruption Bill.—(The Chairman.)

The Committee further deliberated.

Draft Corruption Bill: Mr Laurence Cockcroft, Chairman, Transparency International (UK), Mr Jeremy Carver CBE, Head of International Law, Clifford Chance LLP, and Mr Graham Rodmell, Director of Corporate and Regulatory Affairs, Transparency International (UK), were examined.

[Adjourned till tomorrow at Two o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 14 MAY 2003

Members present:

Lord Slynn of Hadley, in the Chair


Lord Bernstein of CraigweilMr Paul Stinchcombe
Lord Campbell-SavoursDr Desmond Turner
Mr Edward GarnierLord Waddington
Mr John MacDougallBaroness Whitaker
Mr Richard Shepherd


The Committee deliberated.

Draft Corruption Bill: Mr Robert Wardle, Director, Serious Fraud Office, and Sir David Calvert-Smith QC, Director of Public Prosecutions, were examined.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 20 May at Five o'clock.

TUESDAY 20 MAY 2003

Members present:

Lord Slynn of Hadley, in the Chair.


Lord Campbell-SavoursBaroness Scott of Needham Market
Lord Carlisle of BucklowMr Richard Shepherd
Mr Edward GarnierDr Desmond Turner
Mr John MacDougallLord Waddington
Mr Mark OatenBaroness Whitaker


The Committee deliberated.

Draft Corruption Bill: Mr Bob McKittrick, President, Institution of Structural Engineers, was examined.

[Adjourned till tomorrow at quarter past Four o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 21 MAY 2003

Members present:

Lord Slynn of Hadley, in the Chair.

    Vera Baird        Mr Richard Shepherd

    Lord Bernstein of Craigweil    Mr Paul Stinchcombe

    Lord Carlisle of Bucklow    Lord Waddington

    Mr John MacDougall      Baroness Whitaker

    Baroness Scott of Needham Market

The Committee deliberated.

Draft Corruption Bill: Professor Sir William McKay KCB, was examined.

[Adjourned till Monday 2 June at quarter past Four o'clock.

MONDAY 2 JUNE 2003

Members present:

Lord Slynn of Hadley, in the Chair.


Vera BairdBaroness Scott of Needham Market
Lord Bernstein of CraigweilMr Paul Stinchcombe
Lord Campbell-SavoursDr Desmond Turner
Lord Carlisle of BucklowLord Waddington
Mr Edward GarnierBaroness Whitaker


The Committee deliberated.

Draft Corruption Bill: Professor Mark Pieth, Chairman of the OECD Working Group on Bribery in International Business Transactions, was examined.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 4 June at quarter past Four o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 4 JUNE 2003

Members present:

Lord Slynn of Hadley, in the Chair.


Vera BairdBaroness Scott of Needham Market
Lord Bernstein of CraigweilMr Paul Stinchcombe
Lord Campbell-SavoursDr Desmond Turner
Lord Carlisle of BucklowLord Waddington
Mr John MacDougallBaroness Whitaker


The Committee deliberated.

Draft Corruption Bill: Lord Falconer of Thoroton QC, Minister of State for Criminal Justice, Sentencing and Law Reform, Mr Paul Stephenson, Bill Team Leader, and Ms Michelle Dyson, Solicitor, Home Office, were examined.

Lord Goldsmith QC, Attorney General, was examined.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 10 June at quarter past Four o'clock.

TUESDAY 10 JUNE 2003

Members present:

Lord Slynn of Hadley, in the Chair.


Lord Campbell-SavoursMr Paul Stinchcombe
Lord Carlisle of BucklowDr Desmond Turner
Mr Mark OatenLord Waddington
Mr Richard ShepherdBaroness Whitaker


The Committee deliberated.

Draft Corruption Bill: Mr Justice Stephen Silber, was examined.

The Committee further deliberated.

[Adjourned till tomorrow at quarter past Four o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 11 JUNE 2003

Members present:

Lord Slynn of Hadley, in the Chair.


Vera BairdMr Richard Shepherd
Lord Bernstein of CraigweilMr Paul Stinchcombe
Lord Campbell-SavoursDr Desmond Turner
Lord Carlisle of BucklowLord Waddington
Baroness Scott of Needham MarketBaroness Whitaker


The Committee deliberated.

Draft Corruption Bill: Mr John Cridland, Deputy Director General, Mr Gary Campkin, Head of International Group, and Mr Andrew Berkeley, Barrister and Arbitrator, Confederation of British Industry, were examined.

The Committee further deliberated.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 18 June at quarter past Four o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 18 JUNE 2003

Members present:

Lord Slynn of Hadley, in the Chair.


Vera BairdMr Paul Stinchcombe
Lord Bernstein of CraigweilDr Desmond Turner
Lord Campbell-SavoursLord Waddington
Mr John MacDougallBaroness Whitaker
Lord Carlisle of Bucklow


The Committee deliberated.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 1 July at quarter past Four o'clock.

TUESDAY 1 JULY 2003

Members present:

Lord Slynn of Hadley, in the Chair.


Lord Bernstein of CraigweilBaroness Scott of Needham Market
Lord Campbell-SavoursMr Richard Shepherd
Lord Carlisle of BucklowMr Paul Stinchcombe
Mr Edward GarnierLord Waddington
Mr Mark OatenBaroness Whitaker


The Committee deliberated.

[Adjourned till tomorrow at quarter past Four o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 2 JULY 2003

Members present:

Lord Slynn of Hadley, in the Chair.


Lord Bernstein of CraigweilMr Richard Shepherd
Lord Campbell-SavoursMr Paul Stinchcombe
Lord Carlisle of BucklowDr Desmond Turner
Mr John MacDougallLord Waddington
Baroness Scott of Needham MarketBaroness Whitaker


The Committee deliberated.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 8 July at quarter past Four o'clock.

TUESDAY 8 JULY 2003

Members present:

Lord Slynn of Hadley, in the Chair.


Lord Bernstein of CraigweilBaroness Scott of Needham Market
Lord Campbell-SavoursMr Richard Shepherd
Lord Carlisle of BucklowMr Paul Stinchcombe
Mr Edward GarnierLord Waddington
Dr Desmond TurnerBaroness Whitaker


The Committee deliberated.

[Adjourned till tomorrow at quarter past Four o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 9 JULY 2003

Members present:

Lord Slynn of Hadley, in the Chair.


Lord Campbell-SavoursMr Richard Shepherd
Lord Carlisle of BucklowDr Desmond Turner
Mr Edward GarnierLord Waddington
Mr John MacDougallBaroness Whitaker


The Committee deliberated.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 15 July at quarter past Four o'clock.

TUESDAY 15 JULY 2003

Members present:

Lord Slynn of Hadley, in the Chair.


Lord Bernstein of CraigweilBaroness Scott of Needham Market
Lord Campbell-SavoursMr Richard Shepherd
Lord Carlisle of BucklowMr Paul Stinchcombe
Mr Edward GarnierLord Waddington
Mr John MacDougallBaroness Whitaker


The Committee deliberated.

[Adjourned till tomorrow at Two o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 16 JULY 2003

Members present:

Lord Slynn of Hadley, in the Chair.


Lord Campbell-SavoursMr Paul Stinchcombe
Lord Carlisle of BucklowDr Desmond Turner
Mr John MacDougallLord Waddington
Mr Richard ShepherdBaroness Whitaker


The Committee deliberated.

[Adjourned till tomorrow at Ten o'clock.

THURSDAY 17 JULY 2003

Members present:

Lord Slynn of Hadley, in the Chair.


Lord Bernstein of CraigweilMr Paul Stinchcombe
Lord Campbell-SavoursDr Desmond Turner
Lord Carlisle of BucklowLord Waddington
Mr John MacDougallBaroness Whitaker
Mr Richard Shepherd


The Committee considered the draft report.

Paragraphs 1 to 162 were read and agreed to.

Resolved, That the draft Report be the Report of the Committee to both Houses.

Ordered, That the following papers be annexed to the Report:

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

  2  Table of international obligations

  3  Statutory provisions on the powers of the intelligence services

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

Ordered, That the memoranda received by the Joint Committee be appended to the Minutes of Evidence.

Ordered, That The Chairman make the Report to the House of Lords and Mr Richard Shepherd make the Report to the House of Commons.


 
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