HC Deb 31 October 1929 vol 231 cc317-8
49. Mr. MANDER

asked the Home Secretary whether any films, and, if so, which, produced under Soviet auspices in Russia have been prohibited from exhibition in this country by Government action in the last five years?


The Government have no power to prohibit the exhibition of films. The control in this matter rests with the licensing authorities under the Cinematograph Act, 1909, most of whom do not allow the exhibition of films which have not been certified by the British Board of Film Censors; and I understand that in the case of some Russian films the Board has refused its certificate.


Has the present Government any objection at all to the exhibition of Russian films in this country?


That question does not arise.

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