Together with my Rt hon Friend, the Secretary of State for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (Rt hon John Whittingdale). I am today announcing that Professor Michael Waterson, Professor of Economics at the University of Warwick, has been appointed to Chair an independent, consultative and evidence based review of consumer protection measures in the online ticket resale market. As required by the Consumer Rights Act 2015, this independently chaired review on secondary ticketing will report its findings before 26 May 2016.
The terms of reference of the review and a call for evidence will be available on the gov.uk website and will be placed in the libraries of the House. Professor Waterson will consider the evidence and consult the broad spectrum of views on secondary ticketing, including from event organisers, primary ticket sellers, the online resale industry, enforcement authorities and consumers as both sellers and purchasers of tickets. I am sure that parliamentarians will be interested in the progress of the review.
This statement has also been made in the House of Lords