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Straight talk


Barry Walton was right (NCE 5 October) when commenting on my remarks about the NCE article on corruption in Indonesia, to raise the question of misfeasance inside the UK.

There have been no major corruption cases in UK since the Poulson affair in the 1970s, but this, I suggest, is due to a failure to detect and prosecute, not the absence of criminal behaviour.

In 005 ransparency International published its Anti-Corruption Code for Individuals in the Construction and Engineering Industry to highlight illegal practices that could result in prosecution of individuals and rms. This document is on the ICE's website, together with the ICE Code of Professional Conduct, and should be read by all ICE members.

Many actions that members consider simply 'sailing close to the wind', such as inating claims, are in fact illegal and could attract criminal prosecution. Members should be aware of their legal responsibilities, as well as the situations in which others may be acting unlawfully.

ICE, along with the other professional bodies and companies forming the UK Anti-Corruption Forum, is well aware that the problem of corruption is not simply a matter of what occurs outside the UK, and we are addressing this both within ICE and through co-ordinated action within the Forum.

Hugh Ferguson, deputy director general, ICE , One Great George Street, London SW1P 3AA

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