HC Deb 09 June 1997 vol 295 c346W
Mr. Derek Twigg

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action he proposes to take to reform and consolidate the law on corruption with particular reference to bribery of hon. Members. [3047]

Mr. Straw

The Government are committed to tackling corruption in all areas of public and private life, including the bribery of hon. Members.

I am publishing today a statement on reform of the corruption statutes for consultation. A copy is available in the Library. The Law Commission will be producing proposals for reform of the law in this area later in the year.

I shall consider carefully the results of all of these exercises, together with any further recommendations which the Nolan Committee may make in relation to the criminal law.

I expect to make a further statement on the reform of the law in this area early next year.