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Mundell Welcomes Commonwealth Games Ticket Touting Ban

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Scotland Office Minister David Mundell  has welcomed the Commonwealth Games Act 2008 (Ticket Touting Offence) Order 2012.

Scotland Office Minister David Mundell has welcomed the Commonwealth Games Act 2008 (Ticket Touting Offence) Order 2012.

The Order which was signed on 16 July 2012 comes into force today and makes it an offence under the laws of England, Wales and Northern Ireland to tout a Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014 ticket.

Prior to this order coming into force, the 2008 Act of the Scottish Parliament made it an offence in Scots law to tout a Commonwealth Games ticket but this offence was not enforceable under the law of England and Wales and Northern Ireland. Therefore additional measures were needed to prevent the touting of Commonwealth Games tickets across the rest of the United Kingdom. 

Mr Mundell said:

“The Olympic year has been a fantastic success which people from all parts of the UK and beyond have enjoyed.  Now it is vital that we take all necessary steps to ensure that Scotland benefits from the legacy of the 2012 Olympics.”illegal for anyone to attempt to exploit this fantastic sporting event and profit at the expense of genuine fans.  We are also continuing to work to ensure that home fans and particularly overseas guests who may not be aware of normal trading practices here in the UK, are not unfairly targeted by sales of blackmarket tickets”

“The sporting world will now turn to Glasgow 2014 and the introduction of this order makes it illegal for anyone to attempt to exploit this fantastic sporting event and profit at the expense of genuine fans.  We are also continuing to work to ensure that home fans and particularly overseas guests who may not be aware of normal trading practices here in the UK, are not unfairly targeted by sales of blackmarket tickets”

The Commonwealth Games is one of the many international sporting events in Scotland that will build on the legacy of the 2012 Olympics. Scotland is expected to benefit from a £1 billion boost to the economy over the next five years from opportunities associated with the Games.