Tuesday, 3 February 2004

Questions (98)

Kathleen Lynch


227 Ms Lynch asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if she plans introducing legislation to curb excessive booking fees whereby the ticket-selling companies can no longer charge multiple handling fees on the one transaction and to force them to charge a flat fee per transaction as opposed to a fee per ticket. [2988/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Enterprise)

I am aware of the practice whereby ticket-selling companies charge handling fees in respect of each ticket regardless of the number of tickets purchased in a single transaction. I am not convinced, however, that legislative action to curb this practice would necessarily be in the best interest of the consumer. For example, ticket-selling companies might consider that the present system spreads their handling costs evenly, and that if charges were to be applied on a per transaction basis, then consumers purchasing single tickets or smaller numbers of tickets might experience price increases. However, the Consumer Information (Advertisement for Concert or Theatre Performances) Order 1997 provides a measure of transparency for consumers in regard to prices and charges for concert tickets. This order is actively enforced by the Director of Consumer Affairs.