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Touting: Tickets

Volume 476: debated on Thursday 22 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has had with the police on policing of ticket touting at football matches. (206974)

I have had no recent discussions with the police on the policing of ticket touting legislation at football matches. In September 2007 my officials commissioned a report from the UK football policing unit, produced in consultation with police match commanders, the findings of which reinforced policy behind the existing strategy.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her policy is on the policing of ticket touting at football matches. (206975)

Ticket touting in respect of regulated football matches is prohibited under the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994. This public order provision explicitly applies to football in view of the importance of segregation in reducing the potential for disorder between rival fans.

The police and courts can and do enforce the legislation in a proportionate and targeted way when breaches to the segregation of supporters might result in an increased risk to public order.

It is a decision for the match commander of each police operation as to whether it is appropriate to direct resources to deal with ticket touts. It is important not to confuse public order and commercial interests associated with ticket touting.