§ Mr. Cousins
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions for the(a) offer and (b) taking of bribes have been brought under (i) the Prevention of Corruption Acts and (ii) common law in each year since 1997.
§ Mr. Keith Bradley
[holding answer 5 November 2001]: Statistics held centrally do not distinguish between the offer of or taking of bribes and neither do they enable offences under common law to be reliably identified.
The following table shows the number of persons proceeded against under the Prevention of Corruption Acts 1889 to 1916 in England and Wales.187W
Number 1997 19 1998 31 1999 16 2000 17