Repeals and revocations
The Schedule contains repeals and revocations.
Sections 1 to 17 and the Schedule apply in relation to acts or omissions done or
made on or after the appointed day.
If an act or omission is alleged to have been done or made over a period of two
or more days, or at some time in a period of two or more days, it must be taken
for the purposes of this section to have been done or made on the last of those
The appointed day is such day as the Secretary of State appoints by order made
Postponement of limitation periods
Section 32 of the Limitation Act 1980 (c. 58) (postponement of limitation period
in case of fraud etc.) is amended as follows.
In the sidenote after “fraud,” insert “corrupt conduct,”.
In subsection (1) after paragraph (a) insert—
the action is based on the corrupt conduct of the defendant; or”.
In subsection (1) after “discovered the fraud,” insert “corrupt conduct”.
In subsection (3) after “fraud” insert “, corrupt conduct”.
In subsection (4)(a)—
after “case of fraud” insert “, corrupt conduct”;
after “party to the fraud” insert “or corrupt conduct”;
after “believe that the fraud” insert “, corrupt conduct”.
Actions in respect of trust property
In section 21 of the Limitation Act 1980 (time limit for actions in respect of trust
property) in paragraph (a) of subsection (1) for “fraud or any fraudulent breach
of trust” substitute “fraud, fraudulent breach of trust or corrupt conduct”.
Meaning of corrupt conduct
In section 38(1) of the Limitation Act 1980 (interpretation) after the definition
““corrupt conduct” means conduct which constitutes an offence
under Part 1 of the Corruption Act 2007 or the common law
Sections 20 to 22 apply to actions in relation to which the cause of action or
right of action accrues on or after the commencement day.
The commencement day is the last day of the period of two months starting
with the day on which the Act is passed.
Miscellaneous and General
Parts 1 and 2 do not extend to Scotland.
Part 1 binds the Crown, subject to subsections (2) to (6).
No contravention by the Crown of a provision of Part 1 makes the Crown
But the High Court may, on the application of a person appearing to the court
to have an interest, declare unlawful an act or omission of the Crown which
constitutes a contravention of a provision of Part 1.
Despite subsection (2), the provisions of Part 1 apply to persons in the public
service of the Crown as they apply to other persons.
Subsections (1) to (4) do not affect Her Majesty in her private capacity.
The reference in subsection (5) to Her Majesty in her private capacity includes
a reference to Her Majesty in right of her Duchy of Lancaster and to the Duke
This Act may be cited as the Corruption Act 2007.