Culture, Media and Sport Committee

Session 2006-07, 1 May 2007

New inquiry: Ticket touting

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee is announcing today a new inquiry into touting of tickets for sporting and cultural events. The Committee is particularly interested in receiving evidence on the following issues:

• The underlying causes of ticket touting, and its impact on performers, promoters and the public;

• Whether or not resale of a ticket, at face value or at a higher value, should be permitted in principle; and whether the acceptability or otherwise of resale depends on the circumstances in which tickets are offered for resale;

• The impact of the internet upon trade in tickets;

• Whether or not tickets’ terms and conditions banning transfer and onward sale are fair or enforceable;

• The merits of new approaches by ticket agents attempting to prevent transfer of tickets, including wider use of personal ID; and

• Whether or not the existing offences of sale by an unauthorised person in a public place of a ticket for a designated football match, or for events at the London 2012 Games, should be extended to cover other sporting or cultural events.

Written submissions are invited from any interested organisation or individual by Wednesday 6 June 2007. It is expected that a single oral evidence session will be held later in June.

Guidance on submissions

1. Our strong preference is for submissions to be in Word or rich text format (not as a PDF document) and sent by e-mail to, although letters will also be accepted. Submissions sent by post should be sent to Sally Broadbridge, Inquiry Manager, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, House of Commons, 7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA. Please include a contact name, postal address and telephone number in the body of the e-mail or in the letter.

2. If the submission is from an organisation rather than an individual, it should briefly explain the nature and membership of the organisation. It is helpful to the Committee if paragraphs are numbered for ease of reference and if longer submissions include an executive summary, ideally no more than one page long. Submissions should be as short as is reasonably consistent with conveying the relevant information: for most submissions, six pages can be regarded as an appropriate maximum. Further guidance on preferred format can be found at:

3. Committees make public much of the evidence they receive during inquiries. If you do not wish your submission to be published, you must clearly say so. If you wish to include private or confidential information in your submission to the Committee, please contact the Clerk of the Committee to discuss this.

4. Please bear in mind that Committees do not normally investigate individual cases of complaint or allegations of maladministration.

5. Once submitted, no public use should be made of any submission prepared specifically for the Committee unless you have first obtained permission from the Clerk of the Committee.