Government won't offer Olympic Bribery Act guidance

The Government has said that businesses won’t be given guidance on how the Bribery Act will affect their 2012 Olympics corporate hospitality remit.

No Olympic corporate hospitality Bribery Act guidance
No Olympic corporate hospitality Bribery Act guidance

Robert Flello, who is Labour MP for Stoke-on-Trent South, had his request for guidance rejected by Crispin Blunt MP Ministry of Justice during a written questions session at the House of Commons.

Flello asked: "To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what specific guidance his Department plans to issue to (a) businesses and (b) ticketing agents on the sale of London 2012 Olympics hospitality packages."

Blunt said that section nine of the forthcoming Bribery Act rewrite will provide sufficient guidance for organisations seeking to prevent bribery in their corporate hospitality practices.

He added: "[The section] will make clear that corporate hospitality which seeks to improve the image of a commercial organisation better to present products and services, or establish cordial relations, is recognised as an established and important part of doing business, and it is not the intention of the Act to criminalise such behaviour."

According to reports, the Bribery Act’s publication is expected ‘within days’.

The Act has caused controversy about its possible implications. Recently Lord chancellor and secretary of state for justice Kenneth Clarke said that ‘ordinary hospitality’ to meet and network with customers and to improve relationships is an ordinary part of business.

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