Royal assent for Commonwealth Games Bill


The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Bill has been granted Royal Assent and will now become an Act of Parliament.

Sport Minister Stewart Maxwell said the legislation will ensure the 2014 Commonwealth Games runs as smoothly as possible.

The 2014 Commonwealth Games Act puts in place measures to help protect the Games from ticket touts and 'ambush' marketing, while providing powers to address matters such as land purchase and transport.

Mr Maxwell said:

"I am delighted that the 2014 Commonwealth Games Bill, which was introduced to Parliament in November last year minutes after the fantastic news from Sri Lanka, has received Royal Assent.

"Measures are now in place to protect the Games and clamp down on activities that could undermine the integrity of the occasion.

"The 2014 Games give us the opportunity to showcase Glasgow, a modern vibrant city and Scotland, a confident, welcoming, friendly nation."

The main measures of the 2014 Commonwealth Games Act include:

  • Create new criminal offences prohibiting unauthorised advertising and outdoor trading within the vicinity of Games venues, with penalties on summary conviction of a fine not exceeding £20,000 or an unlimited fine on conviction on indictment
  • Create a new criminal offence to prohibit the unauthorised sale of Games tickets in public, in excess of face value or with a view to making a profit, with penalties on summary conviction of a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale (currently £5,000)

The Scottish Government gave a commitment under terms set out by the Commonwealth Games Federation that, when Glasgow won, legislation covering these areas would be in place by 2010