3. Letter from Rt Hon the Lord Slynn of
Hadley, Chairman, Joint Committee on the Draft Corruption Bill,
to the Chairman
The draft Corruption Bill was published today (as
Cm. 5777) and the Joint Committee appointed to consider it met
for the first time this afternoon. We will be seeking written
evidence shortly and starting to hear oral evidence in May, with
the objective of reporting in early July.
We have the benefit of three Members of your CommitteeVera
Baird, Richard Shepherd and Baroness Whitakerand will avoid
meeting at your regular time on Monday afternoons. I would very
much value your Committees s views on the draft Billthe
original Law Commission draft was prepared before human rights
enjoyed as much prominence as they do today.
I understand that your Committee normally produces
a report on all draft Bills. It would be very helpful to us if
such a report was available before we start taking oral evidence
in early May. I have asked the Clerks of my Committee to keep
your staff informed of our progress.
24 March 2003