The Bribery Act’s Effect on Debarment
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- The UK Ministry of Justice has published amended legislation on debarment for bribery offences in the wake of the Bribery Act 2010.
- Conviction for the offences of bribing another or bribing a foreign public official will attract mandatory debarment from bidding for public contracts.
- Conviction for the corporate offence of failing to prevent bribery will attract discretionary debarment, but the Ministry has determined that legislation does not need to be amended to effect that. Commercial organisations must remain vigilant and ensure the adequacy of their anti-corruption programmes and procedures so as to minimise the risks of a conviction for the corporate offence and thus the possibility of discretionary debarment from public contracts in the UK.