§ 27. Mr. MONTAGUE
asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether he is aware that certain cinema films exhibited in this country are banned in certain provinces in India; and the reason for this ban?
§ Earl WINTERTON
I have no doubt that the facts are as stated by the hon. Member in the first part of the question. The Indian Cinematograph Act empowers local authorities to suspend for local reasons licences granted by the licensing authorities of another area in India, and a fortiori those granted by an authority outside India. Historical films, for instance, that in Europe are considered unobjectionable sometimes offend the religious feelings of Hindus, Moslems or Buddhists.