The Bribery Bill had its second reading on 9 December 2009, during which the following issues were discussed:

  • the government's commitment to take action against bribery;
  • the impact of bribery and corrupt practices in developing countries; and
  • the main provisions in the Bill.

In relation to the proposed offence by commercial organisations of failing to prevent bribery where it would be a defence for the commercial organisation to show that it has adequate procedures in place to prevent bribery, the government indicated that it expects to publish appropriate guidance in 2010 in order to provide illustrative good practice examples of adequate procedures for businesses, which will draw on the expertise of business representatives, Transparency International and others.

The Committee is expected to conduct a line-by-line examination of the Bill which will begin on 7 January 2010.