Ticket abuse inquiry cancelled ahead of general election

Ticket abuse inquiry cancelled ahead of general election

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee's inquiry into ticket abuse has been cancelled in light of the imminent dissolution of Parliament.

All of the committee's inquiries - which also included combatting doping in sport, football governance, the impact of Brexit and fake news - have been cancelled ahead of the June 8 general election, but could resume under the next Parliament.

"Although we are unable to complete these important inquiries, there is no bar to our successors in the next Parliament taking up the evidence received - which has been published on the committee's website - and finishing them," said committee chairman Damian Collins. "Given the importance of all these subjects, we hope that the new committee will do so."

To date two sessions have been held on ticket abuse by the committee in Westminster - firstly in November last year and most recently in March, when Viagogo caused controversy by failing to attend the hearing despite being summoned to give evidence.

The government was defeated in the House Of Lords last month, as peers backed an amendment to the Consumer Rights Act relating to secondary ticketing, as part of the Digital Economy Bill.

Peers, who also approved plans to ban ticket-buying bots, voted 180-157 in favour of requiring resellers to provide the ticket reference and booking number, along with any specific conditions relating to resale, to potential buyers. This is in addition to existing obligations to provide the original face value, seat/row numbers and any usage restrictions.  

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