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Ticket Touting

Volume 450: debated on Tuesday 10 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps her Department is taking to prevent ticket touting at sporting events; and if she will make a statement. (92583)

In the last few months we have brought together a wide range of interested parties including from sports and from the primary and secondary ticketing industry as well as internet auction sites to discuss how to clamp down on ticket touting and provide ticket selling arrangements in the best interest of fans and the wider public. The Secretary of State has chaired three meetings and a further one is planned for December. In support of this my Department is undertaking research into consumer and other stakeholder opinions and is liaising closely with the Department of Trade and Industry and other public agencies to ensure that relevant legislation and other measures provide as good a regime as possible for the elimination of touting and the encouragement of good ticketing practice.

I will be reporting the outcome of this work as soon as possible next year.