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Corruption

House of Lords written question – answered on 6th June 2007.

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Photo of Earl Attlee Earl Attlee Conservative

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What records they have for each of the past five years of prosecutions and convictions for the offence of corruption or offences related to corruption.

Photo of Lord Falconer of Thoroton Lord Falconer of Thoroton Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice, The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

Information on the number of prosecutions and convictions for corruption offences for the years 2001 to 2005 in England and Wales, taken from the court proceedings database, held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform, are provided in the attached table. Data from Northern Ireland are amalgamated in the table below; data for Scotland are shown in a separate table as its data are provided for the financial year, rather than the calendar year.

Number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates' courts and found guilty at all courts for offences relating to corruption, England, Wales and Northern Ireland, 2001 to 2005 (1) (2) (3)
Years 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
Statute Offence description Proceeded against Found guilty Proceeded against Found guilty Proceeded against Found guilty Proceeded against Found guilty Proceeded against Found guilty
Public Bodies Corrupt Practices Act 1889 S.1(1)(2) Soliciting or receiving bribe or giving or offering bribe 1 2 1 - 4 1 3 - - -
Prevention of Corruption Act 1906 S.1 Corrupt transactions with agents 10 10 5 20 12 6 3 4 2 2
Total 11 12 6 20 16 7 6 4 2 2
(1) These data are on the principal offence basis.
(2) Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.
(3) Those found guilty may have originally been proceeded against for a more serious offence. The year of prosecution and a guilty verdict do not necessarily correspond.
Persons proceeded against and with a charge proved in Scottish Courts for corruption offences (1) (2), 2001-02—2005-06
2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06
Proceeded against - 1 1 1 1
Charge Proved - - 1 1 1
(1) Where principal offence
(2) Includes offences under the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906 and the Public Bodies Corrupt Practices Act 1889.
Data Source: Scottish Executive Justice Department database

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