Bribery act back on track, says UK justice secretary

| 16/02/2011

(Daily Telegraph): Ken Clarke, Justice Secretary has said legitimate businesses are "frightened" by the Bribery Act but made clear that the UK government had no intention of "watering down" the rules. Speaking in the Commons, Clarke said government was committed to the anti-corruption laws, which were passed under the previous Labour administration, despite delaying their introduction twice. "Corruption is bad for all business, including British business, when we are trying to export to other countries,” Clark said. "It’s very important we put ourselves where we should be: at the forefront of stamping out corruption not only in the developing world, but in international trade generally."

Clarke said he had "reassured" his US counterpart the UK was "going to implement the Act".
Labour’s Paul Goggins asked for an assurance there would be no loopholes that would "enable British companies to turn a blind eye to corruption".


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