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According to reports, the UK Government is considering reviewing the Bribery Act, specifically the section on ‘facilitation payments’, otherwise known as bribes. Since the Bribery Bill was introduced in 2009 there have been concerted efforts by a small but vocal minority to water it down or prevent it passing into law.

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