Government avoids legislation against ticket touts (again)
Written on Sat 14 Dec 2013
Once again, the Government (this time in the shape of Maria Miller, The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport) has declined to act against ticket touts.
In Parliament yesterday Sharon Hodgson MP pointed out to them that tickets for the Rugby World Cup Final are already on sale on Viagogo for more than 10 times face value, and that is before tickets have even gone on sale to the general public.
She also pointed out that the Rugby Football Union is keen for tickets to be protected so that ordinary fans can enjoy the sport, and asked why the Government does not take the action necessary to protect ordinary fans?
Mrs Grant replied that fans would still enjoy the tournament, but that she believed it is right for organisers, promoters and ticket agents to deal with access to events and tickets. Successive Governments have concluded that regulation should be the last resort.
You can read the full debate in Hansard.
What will it take to reach the last resort?
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