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Bribery Act 2010

Government Bill

Originated in the House of Lords, Session 2009-10

Last updated: 17 August 2010 at 12:13

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Long title

To make provision about offences relating to bribery; and for connected purposes.


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

Sponsoring departments

Ministry of Justice
Lord Bach
Labour, Life peer
Ministry of Justice
Mr Jack Straw
Labour, Blackburn

Current version of the Bill

Bill passage

Bill started in the House of Lords
1st reading
2nd reading
Committee stage
Report stage
3rd reading
Bill in the House of Commons
1st reading
2nd reading
Committee stage
Report stage
3rd reading
Final stages
Consideration of amendments
Royal Assent
In progress
Not applicable
Not yet reached