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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5O-02405: Claire Baker (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 19 September 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with Trading Standards Scotland and Citizens Advice Scotland regarding tackling secondary ticket sales.

Answered by: Fiona Hyslop 26 September 2018

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.

The regulation of consumer protection is reserved to the UK Government. Trading Standards Scotland (TSS) is a UK government funded team intended to add capacity to local authority trading standards services in Scotland. TSS is funded by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and HM Treasury (HMT). The former Cabinet Secretary for the Economy raised concerns with UK Government on this issue.

Powers in relation to secondary ticketing are also reserved to Westminster and we cannot bring forward any legislation in this area under the current constitutional arrangements and so our contact has been directly with the UK Government rather than Trading Standards and Citizens Advice Scotland.