HC Deb 22 November 2000 vol 357 cc188-9W
27. Mr. Dobbin

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what help her Department is giving to developing countries to fight corruption. [138131]

Clare Short

Since 1997 we have strengthened our efforts to fight corruption. This includes support for national anti-corruption strategies, which may include the establishment of specific anti-corruption agencies; strengthening public sector capacity for budgetary and financial management, procurement, accounting and audit; reforming civil service management; enhancing public oversight through strengthened public accounts and other parliamentary committees, and supporting civil society to promote transparency and accountability. We are also collaborating with other development agencies and contributing to multilateral efforts, in particular through supporting the implementation of international conventions against bribery in international trade and strengthening regional anti-money-laundering mechanisms.

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