§ 16. Major HORE - BELISHA (for Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY)
asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether the Government of India are aware of the very small proportion of British-produced cinematograph films shown in the cinematograph theatres in India as compared to films of foreign origin; whether he is aware of the probable effects on British prestige of this state of affairs; and whether any steps are contemplated to ensure a greater proportion of British-produced films being shown to the public in India?
§ Earl WINTERTON
I believe that it is the case that in India, as elsewhere, a large majority of the films exhibited are not of British production. The exhibitors, as I understand, have to take what is available, is desired by their customers, and is passed by the censors. A close observation is, however, maintained over the film theatres, and as a recent Debate in the Council of State shows, there is an informed Indian public opinion on the subject. I have also information, not very definite, that the production of films in India itself is increasing.