Transparency International UK Welcomes a Clear Agenda Against Corruption

Issued by Transparency International UK

Transparency International UK has welcomed today's report from the Parliamentary Select Committee on International Development. "The Committee has done an excellent job in reporting to Parliament and the public on the question of corruption from an international and development perspective" said Mr Laurence Cockcroft, Chairman of Transparency International UK (TI-UK).

Mr Cockcroft praised the Committee for recognising the critical role that 'grand corruption' can play in perpetuating poverty, through the diversion of funds from active support for the two billion people in the world who live in real poverty. In doing so, today's report covers much of the ground on which TI-UK has been campaigning for the last seven years.

"The question of global corruption is a particularly important issue for the UK" said Mr Cockcroft. "As a major investing and trading nation, we have a critical responsibility to ensure that neither our laws nor our institutions assist directly or indirectly in the export of corruption."

The Committee has now provided the Government with a clear agenda containing the following elements:

"These and other closely related measures would go a long way to showing the world that the UK means to play an active and forceful role in the fight against corruption" said Mr Cockcroft. He expressed concern that without these measures the UK will justifiably be seen as indifferent to the consequences of what he calls "two-faced talk and contradictory inaction" by the UK authorities, particularly in respect of the flow of laundered funds through London (some of which constitute the proceeds of deals achieved through bribery). "It is difficult to believe that a government once committed to an ethical foreign policy cannot make these tasks one of its top priorities", Mr Cockcroft concluded.

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