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Bribery Act 2010

Type of Bill:
Government Bill
Lord Bach
Ministry of Justice
Jack Straw
Ministry of Justice

Progress of the Bill

Bill started in the House of Lords

  1. House of Lords
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. Report stage
    5. 3rd reading
  2. House of Commons
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. Report stage
    5. 3rd reading
  3. Consideration of Amendments
  4. Royal Assent

Act of Parliament

House Act Date
Commons Bribery Act 2010 c.23 | PDF version, 105KB 09.04.2010

Latest news on the Bribery Act 2010

Following agreement by both Houses on the text of the Bill it received Royal Assent on 8 April. The Bill is now an Act of Parliament (law).

Summary of the Bribery Act 2010

The purpose of the Bill is to provide a modern and comprehensive scheme of bribery offences to equip prosecutors and courts to deal effectively with bribery in the UK and abroad.

Key areas

  • replaces old and fragmented legislation with a modern and consolidated bribery law, based on the recommendations of the Law Commission
  • creates offences of offering, promising or giving of a bribe and requesting, agreeing to receive or accepting of a bribe either in the UK or abroad, in the public or private sectors
  • creates a discrete offence of bribery of a foreign public official in order to obtain or retain business
  • creates a new offence in relation to commercial organisations which fail to prevent a bribe being paid by those who perform services for or on behalf of the organisation. It will, however, be a defence if an organisation has adequate procedures in place to prevent bribery

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