Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Ceisteanna (104)

Fiona O'Loughlin

Ceist:

104. Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the status of proposed legislation to tackle ticket touting; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [5904/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Business)

On 24 July 2018, I secured Government approval for its support for the Private Members' Bill, Prohibition of Above-cost Ticket Touting Bill 2017, introduced by Deputies Noel Rock and Stephen Donnelly and for the taking of the Second and subsequent Stages of the Bill in Government time.

The Government also approved the drafting of certain amendments to the Bill and noted my intention to propose changes to it at Committee or Report Stage. In December 2018, officials of my Department submitted a number of amendments to the Bill to the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel and are currently engaging with Parliamentary Counsel on those amendments.

On 31 January 2019, the Bill had its second reading in Dáil Éireann in Government time. The debate on the Bill was adjourned and a date has yet to be scheduled for its resumption. I am awaiting the advice of the Office of the Attorney General as to whether there is a requirement to submit the Bill and any proposed amendments to the European Commission under Directive (EU) 2015/1535 on the procedure for the provision of information relating to technical regulations and the rules for information society services.