We recently reported that the House of Lords had appointed a new Bribery Committee, to examine how the Bribery Act 2010 is working in practice.

The Committee has now launched its call for evidence, seeking written submissions on any issues relating to the Bribery Act.

The short paper welcomes views on any issues, but also includes a list of questions on which the Committee is particularly interested in hearing. These include:

  • Whether the Bribery Act is deterring bribery in the UK and abroad and whether it is being adequately enforced.
  • Whether the statutory guidance on the Bribery Act is sufficient, clear and well-understood.
  • Challenges businesses have encountered when seeking to implement the six principles set out in the statutory guidance, and what impact the Act has had on small and medium-sized businesses.
  • Whether the introduction of deferred prosecution agreements has been a positive development.

The deadline for submissions is 31 July 2018.