The Parliamentary Joint Committee on the draft Bribery Bill has published its first report. The Joint Committee supports the draft Bill, but has suggested a number of changes, particularly in relation to the corporate offence of failing to prevent bribery by those performing services on behalf of the organisation. The Committee has suggested that the corporate offence be one of strict liability such that where a person has committed a bribery offence and is acting on behalf of a corporate, the corporate will be liable unless it can show that it had "adequate anti-bribery procedures" in place. Herbert Smith has published a briefing on this topic Joint Committee e-bulletin. The report is accompanied by oral and written evidence delivered to the inquiry. The Ministry of Justice are now reviewing the draft bill with a view to laying in before Parliament in the Autumn.