Tickets: Sales

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 19th September 2017.

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Photo of Heidi Allen Heidi Allen Conservative, South Cambridgeshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether departmental guidance on the implementation of the Digital Economy Act 2017 will make it clear that section 106 encompasses all methods of mass online harvesting of tickets.

Photo of Matthew Hancock Matthew Hancock The Minister of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Section 106 of the Digital Economy Act 2017 provides the power for government to introduce a criminal offence in order to address the purchase of tickets for a recreational, sporting or cultural event in excess of the maximum permitted where this has been undertaken by the use of automated software ('bots'). The precise nature of the regulations is being developed in consultation with relevant stakeholders and they will be tabled in due course.

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