Overseas Corruption

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 14th June 2005.

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Photo of Malcolm Bruce Malcolm Bruce Liberal Democrat, Gordon

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many allegations of overseas corruption have been forwarded by UK embassies overseas to London; and how many of these allegations the Department has forwarded to the law enforcement authorities.

Photo of Jack Straw Jack Straw Foreign Secretary

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) sends to the law enforcement authorities all allegations of overseas corruption where it is reasonable to believe that an offence may have been committed under Part 12 of the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001. Since the Act came into force in February 2002, the FCO has forwarded a total of 18 such allegations, the majority of which originated in reports from overseas missions.

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