Date lodged: 6 March 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with (a) individuals, (b) organisations and (c) the UK Government regarding legislation to prevent ticket touting.
Answered by: Keith Brown 15 March 2017
The Scottish Government fully appreciate the concerns expressed about the deliberate resale of tickets for profit, known as “touting” and recognise that some events do sell out quickly and ticket touts or online sellers take the opportunity to sell tickets at significantly higher prices.
Powers in relation to secondary ticketing are reserved to Westminster and we cannot bring forward any legislation in this area under the current constitutional arrangements. I welcome the amendment that the UK Government is proposing to the Digital Services Bill in relation to ticketing bots. The UK Government’s response to Professor Waterson’s report into secondary ticketing has now been issued. We are giving careful consideration to the proposals on how to deal with secondary ticketing and in particular on how any issues relating to Scotland can be dealt with successfully. My officials are continuing to keep in touch with officials in Whitehall on this to ensure a positive outcome for Scottish consumers.