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MPs Still On Fence About Secondary Tickets

LONDON (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Members of Parliment have recently rejected a call made in a report by The Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee to ban ticket scalping, and instead ruled that artists and promoters should be provided with a larger slice of the pie, the Press Association has reported.

Just as in the United States, the secondary ticket market in the UK has become an increasingly controversial issue with ticket prices rising sharply as speculators flock to acquire sought-after tickets for resale on secondary auction sites like StubHub and eBay.

The report by the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee called on such websites to "clean up their acts" and called upon promoters to institute refund options for fans were were unable to attend to recoup their losses.

The Ministers of Parliment heard testimony from dozens of venue owners and promoters who told the committee that the scalping business "marginalises fans, rips-off consumers and damages every industry in the sector."

Still, the committee remained largely unwilling to act and the report suggested that scalping legislation should be left as a "last resort." They seem to lead towards letting the Invisible hand of the Market sort the mess out and the promoters were in support of that position, as long as they get a slice of the pie anyways. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers