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No excuse for corruption

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It is disingenuous to suggest as you do (NCE last week) that there is anything remotely ethical, professional or cultural about resorting to bribery to win or implement construction contracts.

There is corruption in construction in every country, including the UK, but in developing countries it has a disproportionate and devastating effect on the lives of the poor. That is why there is such strong domestic pressure for reform, particularly in Africa.

It may take time for these reforms to take hold, but good progress is being made, both on the demand-side and the supply-side.

As UK engineers the least we can do is to ensure compliance with relevant legal provisions.

And please let's not malign the French. France has a much better record that the UK does when it comes to bringing prosecutions.

Hamish Goldie-Scot, Ruthven Cottage, Coldstream, Berwickshire, TD12 4JU 66

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