HL Deb 20 January 2005 vol 668 cc122-3WA
Lord Avebury

asked Her Majesty's Government:

When they expect to ratify the United Nations Convention Against Corruption. [HL671]

Baroness Scotland of Asthal

The Government have every intention of ratifying the UN Convention Against Corruption as soon as is practicably possible. Ratification is dependent on the laying of two Orders in Council, one under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and one under the Criminal Justice (International Co-operation) Act 1990.

The latter is dependent on an amendment to an enabling power currently being made in Clause 87 of the current Serious Organised and Crime and Police Bill. We hope to bring the necessary orders into force by the end of the year.