Thank you for your letter of 26 April updating me on the progress of your inquiry.
I read with interest the points you highlighted from those who have already given evidence to the Committee. These focused on the UK getting its own house in order, prioritising enforcement, and increasing transparency.
The Government’s objectives for the London Anti-Corruption Summit align strongly with these concerns. The Government’s priorities for the Summit are for agreement on a package of practical steps to expose corruption so there is nowhere to hide, to punish the perpetrators and support those affected by corruption, and to drive out entrenched corruption wherever it exists.
The Department is making a significant contribution to the proposals for the Summit. We look forward to being able to share our perspectives on the outcomes with the Committee next month. I can confirm that the Minister of State, the Rt Hon Desmond Swayne TD MP, will be pleased to give evidence.
18 October 2016