Serious Fraud Office
Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General
Dominic Grieve (Attorney General; Beaconsfield, Conservative)
It is worth bearing in mind that so far as international corruption is concerned, the benchmark legislation is the legislation passed in 2011.
As the hon. Lady will appreciate, for reasons that are obvious, that legislation is not retrospective. Therefore, although investigations are now under way into offences that have taken place from that time on, not many cases—or no cases—will have come to court. It is therefore a bit difficult at the moment to make an assessment of how successful this work will be. What I can tell the hon. Lady, however, is that something between 40% and 50% of the Serious Fraud Office’s investigatory case load relates to bribery and corruption.