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As international concern mounts about the humanitarian disaster that is engulfing Pakistan, there are also concerns that emergency relief may have been slow to take off because of widespread fears that funds may not reach those who need it.
The UK’s record on tackling foreign bribery has improved significantly over the last year according to Transparency International (TI) the global coalition against corruption. 
In a positive response to the UK Government’s draft guidance to business on preventing bribery – ahead of full enactment of the new Bribery Act next April - Transparency International UK suggests there’s room for further improvement in some key areas. 
Commenting on today's announcement by Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke, Secretary of State for Justice, that implementation of the Bribery Act will be delayed until April 2011, and that there will be a “short consultation exercise” on the content of official guidance, Chandrashekhar Krishnan, Executive Director of Transparency International UK said:
Transparency International-UK welcomes Sir Ian Kennedy’s Report on the MP Expenses’ Scheme on transparency and accountability: that are critical in restoring public confidence in Parliament.
Commenting on settlement of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and Department of Justice (DoJ) investigations of BAE Systems for foreign bribery today, Chandru Krishnan, Executive Director of TI UK said: “The SFO and DoJ must be congratulated on finally achieving an outcome. It is important for companies to receive large fines if they have engaged in unethical behaviour. We hope this settlement will now allow BAES to draw a line under its past and will send a message to UK companies that corruption does not pay.
As prospective parliamentary candidates (PPC’s) pound the streets and the electorate is making up its mind as to who to vote for on May 6th, Transparency International UK, the UK’s leading anti-corruption organisation urges voters to ask for honest answers, to ask PPC’s how serious they are about tackling corruption and being transparent when in public office.
A new poll of citizens’ views on corruption in the UK uncovers some fascinating – and disturbing - insights into how UK citizens view corruption in this country. The Gallup poll conducted for Transparency International UK reveals that a majority (53%) think that corruption has increased in the last three years – with very few (3%) believing the problem is on the decline. 
Commenting on Justice Bean’s sentencing in the BAE Systems’ Tanzania case, Transparency International UK welcomed the Judge’s stringent remarks concerning BAE Systems’ past conduct.
Anti-corruption NGO Transparency International UK, supported by FTI Consulting, Inc., the global business advisory firm, and Halcrow, the international infrastructure consultancy, has today published detailed Guidance to help companies meet the challenges of the new UK Bribery Act.  The Bribery Act marks an historic step change in the UK’s fight against corporate bribery, most of whose victims are the poorest people in the poorest countries.  
Recent revelations about irregularities in MPs’ expense claims grievously undermine the legitimacy of Parliament. They raise doubts in the public mind over the motives of our parliamentarians. Regarding the UK’s parliamentarians as a body of honest and trustworthy men and women who act in the public interest, rather than for personal gain, is becoming increasingly difficult. Without trust in Parliament, democracy is tarnished and voter apathy encouraged. 
Responding to reports that the Government is proposing to change the way that senior civil servants are appointed, Transparency International UK  today warned that this could substantially raise the risk of corruption at the heart of government.

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