HC Deb 13 February 1930 vol 235 cc586-7
31. Mr. MARCUS

asked the Home Secretary whether, in view of the recent cinema disaster in Paisley, he will consider the advisability of appointing a committee to make a comprehensive investigation into the conditions under which films are exhibited at public performances in order to ascertain if new legislation is necessary?


The circumstances of the Paisley disaster do not indicate that the existing powers of control over cinemas are inadequate, and I do not think it will be necessary to appoint a committee as suggested by my hon. Friend. I would remind him that in the reply which I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Western Renfrew (Dr. Forgan) on the 23rd January, I stated that the causes of the disaster are being investigated by the Secretary of State for Scotland and if, when the results of the investigation are known, there is any reason to believe that the regulations require amendment at any point or that their enforcement by the local authorities is not effective, immediate action will be taken.

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