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 Davies of Oldham Lord Davies of Oldham Deputy Chief Whip (House of Lords), HM Household, Captain of the Queen's Bodyguard of the Yeomen of the Guard (HM Household) (Deputy Chief Whip, House of Lords) 11:13 am, 23rd June 2005

My Lords, we expect the sporting organisations to sell tickets in good faith and that the price printed on the ticket is the price that ought to be paid by the person going to the fixture. But touts get hold of some of those tickets and sell them on at escalated prices. We all want to see tickets being sold at their face value. That is the law of the land. On occasions when they are able to substantiate clearly that the public are being exploited because tickets are being traded at above the figure printed on them, trading standards officers will intervene. But of course the touts are extremely careful to ensure that the unfortunate purchaser has no idea of the original ticket price.