Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport Second Report


Formal minutes


Tuesday 18 December 2007

Members present:

Mr John Whittingdale, in the Chair
Janet Anderson

Philip Davies

Nigel Evans

Paul Farrelly

Alan Keen

Adam Price

Mr Adrian Sanders

[The following declarations of interest relating to the inquiry were made during the course of the inquiry:

26 June 2007—Paul Farrelly declared an interest as Secretary of the All Party Parliamentary Rugby Union Group.]

Draft Report (Ticket touting), proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

Ordered, That the Chairman's draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.

Paragraphs 1 to 29 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 30 read.

Question put, That the paragraph stand part of the Report.

The Committee divided.
Ayes, 6

Janet Anderson

Nigel Evans

Paul Farrelly

Alan Keen

Adam Price

Mr Adrian Sanders

Noes, 1

Philip Davies

Paragraph agreed to.

Paragraphs 31 to 34 agreed to.

Paragraph 35 read, as follows:

"We believe that, whether or not it is right to describe event tickets as "commodities", they fall into a special category which differs from goods and most services in several different ways. It is misconceived to equate organisers' sales of event tickets with the sale of goods such as books and motor vehicles, where the seller will normally have no further part to play once the sale is completed. Unlike those who sell tickets on, event organisers have an ongoing responsibility to put on the event for which the tickets have been sold. Tickets for public transport facilities provide a closer (though not exact) parallel, as they entitle the holder to make use of a service provided by the issuer, to whom the identity of the holder may be relevant and whose charges to different classes of consumer may vary. "

Question put, That the paragraph stand part of the Report.

The Committee divided.
Ayes, 3

Janet Anderson

Paul Farrelly

Alan Keen

Noes, 4

Philip Davies

Nigel Evans

Adam Price

Mr Adrian Sanders

Paragraph disagreed to.

Paragraph 36 (now paragraph 35) read and agreed to.

Paragraph 37 read, as follows:

"We therefore reject the notions that event tickets should be regarded as commodities in which free market trading is a right, and that it is inappropriate for the organisers to restrict the transferability of the tickets which they sell. "

Question put, That the paragraph stand part of the Report.

The Committee divided.
Ayes, 3

Janet Anderson

Paul Farrelly

Alan Keen

Noes, 4

Philip Davies

Nigel Evans

Adam Price

Mr Adrian Sanders

Paragraph disagreed to.

Paragraphs 38 to 61 (now paragraphs 36 to 59) read and agreed to.

Paragraph 62 (now paragraph 60) read.

Question put, That the paragraph stand part of the Report.

The Committee divided.
Ayes, 6

Janet Anderson

Nigel Evans

Paul Farrelly

Alan Keen

Adam Price

Mr Adrian Sanders

Noes, 1

Philip Davies

Paragraph agreed to.

Paragraphs 63 to 77 (now paragraphs 61 to 75) read and agreed to.

Paragraph 78 (now paragraph 76) read.

Question put, That the paragraph stand part of the Report.

The Committee divided.

Ayes, 6

Janet Anderson

Nigel Evans

Paul Farrelly

Alan Keen

Adam Price

Mr Adrian Sanders

Noes, 1

Philip Davies

Paragraph agreed to.

Paragraphs 79 to 83 (now paragraphs 77 to 81) read and agreed to.

Summary brought up and read.

Amendment proposed, in tenth paragraph of the Summary, to leave out "We also believe that the existing situation whereby large profits can be made on the secondary market with no benefit to the organisers or owners of the primary rights is unfair and must be addressed".(Philip Davies).

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The Committee divided.
Ayes, 1

Philip Davies

Noes, 6

Janet Anderson

Nigel Evans

Paul Farrelly

Alan Keen

Adam Price

Mr Adrian Sanders

Summary agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report, as amended, be the Second Report of the Committee to the House.

Ordered, That the Chairman make the report to the House.

Written evidence was ordered to be reported to the House for printing with the Report.

Written evidence was ordered to be reported to the House for placing in the Library and Parliamentary Archives.

Ordered, That embargoed copies of the Report be made available, in accordance with the provisions of Standing Order No. 134.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 8 January 2008 at 10.15 am




 
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