HC Deb 02 March 1926 vol 192 cc1209-11

asked the President of the Board of Trade which Clauses of which commercial treaties preclude the imposition of a tax on the hiring fee of foreign films which would not apply to British films; and how long such treaties remain in force?


With my hon. Friend's permission I will have a statement giving the desired information printed in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the statement:

His Majesty's Government would be debarred by the Treaty provisions noted below from imposing a higher internal tax on films produced or manufactured in the undermentioned countries than on films produced or manufactured in this country. The dates on which the Treaties in question can be terminated are given in the third column. In addition, a number of other countries are, in virtue of the Most-Favoured-Nation Clauses in their Treaties with this country, entitled to treatment not less favourable than that accorded in the matter in question to the countries specified below, so long as they received it:

their system of distributing companies in this country?


I would refer my hon. and gallant Friend to the replies which the Chancellor of the Exchequer gave to the question on the same subject asked by him on the 23rd February and to the question asked by my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for Dulwich on the 9th February. As he has already intimated, the Chancellor of the Exchequer is considering the whole subject.

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