HC Deb 15 April 1930 vol 237 c2697

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that a quota of domestic production of films of 33⅓ per cent. is enforced in France and 50 per cent. in Germany; and whether he proposes to increase the quota of British films under the Films Act, with a view to increasing the percentage and quality of British films exhibited in British cinemas?


I am aware that both in France and in Germany there are restrictions upon the importation of foreign films which are based upon the domestic production of films, but my information as to the precise nature of these restrictions is not entirely in agreement with that given in the first part of the question. As regards the second part of the question, as last stated in reply to the hon. Member for East Wolverhampton (Mr. Mander) on the 18th March last, there is no prospect of fresh legislation on this subject in the near future.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that it is impossible at the present time for the British film producers even to supply the amount set down by the Act?