§ 34. Mr. DAY
asked the Under-Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs whether he will state the number of films that have been made by the Empire Marketing Board; whether there are any films at present in the making; the name of the cinema officer who is employed at the Empire Marketing Board for the supervision of these films; what previous experience this officer has had in the actual production of cinematograph films, and the amount of the percentage of net profits paid to this officer in addition to his salary of £1,200 per annum on any films made under his direct supervision?
§ Mr. LUNN
The Empire Marketing Board have completed some 17 films of varying lengths, many of them edited from existing material placed at their disposal, and further films are now in course of preparation. As regards the name of the Board's Cinema Officer, I would refer my hon. Friend to the answer which I gave him on 5th March. The officer in question had no previous experience in the actual production of films. In the event of net profits being secured upon films made under his direct supervision, he would be entitled to a percentage of 5 per cent. up to a maximum payment of £3,000 in any one year.
§ Miss WILKINSON
Is it not a fact that the recent film produced by the Empire Marketing Board has been described by the criticis as being of the highest standard of any British film which has been produced?
§ Sir JOSEPH LAMB
Can the hon. Gentleman say whether any films are being made of industries in this country?