Sport: Ticket Sales

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:13 am on 23rd June 2005.

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Photo of Lord Faulkner of Worcester Lord Faulkner of Worcester Labour 11:13 am, 23rd June 2005

My Lords, I thank my noble friend for that encouraging reply. Is he aware that, had he conducted a search on eBay last night for Ashes tickets, he would have found that 170 items came up, including Lord's test tickets with a face value of £52 being sold for more than £1,000? A very similar situation exists with regard to Wimbledon tennis tickets. Does he agree with the submission that the four major sports have made to the Secretary of State, that the activities of ticket touts—who buy large numbers of tickets, often by nefarious means—are having the effect of driving tickets beyond the reach of ordinary sports fans, who are unable to get them?