Rob Flello MP, Labour’s Shadow Justice Minister, commenting on the Government’s announcement on the Bribery Act , said:
“I am pleased that the Tory-led Government have finally published the Guidance and that now The Bribery Act, passed by the last Labour Government with cross party support, will soon be implemented.
“The Bribery Act was not only designed to bring Britain in line with international obligations to fight corruption, but to combat the threat that bribery poses to economic development around the world.
“However, the Act is only as strong as its implementation and it is therefore crucial that the guidance is used in the spirit in which the Act was intended. There must be no watering down of the scope of the Act. If there is, it will be British companies and Britain’s reputation that suffers.”
Rushanara Ali MP, Labour’s Shadow International Development Minister, said:
“Corruption hits people in the developing world hard and this Act is a crucial tool in protecting them from exploitation by unscrupulous companies. Labour passed the 2010 Bribery Act. We welcome that, after numerous delays, the Government has finally published the guidelines to the Act.”
“The Tory-led Government must not water this Act down. We will be calling on the Government to make sure that no loopholes are created which would undermine the fight against the corruption which devastates lives in the developing world. It is essential that in the implementation of these guidelines the Government starts to show the necessary international leadership in the fight against corruption, and that there are no further delays to the full implementation of this vital Act.”