Memorandum from Dennis Gedge, on behalf
of the Institute of Civil Engineering Surveyors (DCB 21)
My interest is that I am a Consulting Civil
Engineer, and I have a professional interest in Health and Safety
Matters and I represent a certain committee within my profession,
on this point.
An anti corruption law is in itself a philosophical
question, because there is a difference between morality and legality,
the former US President Clinton was at great pains to demonstrate
this point to the world. Corruption is a moral point.
It seems to me that there is a likelihood that
any anti corruption law reform will be couched in terms to indicate
that financial corruption associated with tendering for public
works projects, is what it is aimed at preventing. The thought
crosses my mind that the legislators could give consideration
to the possibly corrupt practice of a tenderer who might knowingly
price a job without including all proper health and safety measures.
Evasion of safety measures in practice is a criminal offence,
if the law is carefully drawn to include the omission of safety
measures whilst tendering as a corrupt practice, it could save
lengthy and expensive legal battles, and might even improve safety