§ 19. Mr. DAY
asked the President of the Board of Trade the number of prosecutions that have taken place during the 12 months ended to the last convenient date against independent cinema exhibitors for not showing the required quota of British cinematograph films as laid down in the Cinematograph Films Act, 1927; and whether convictions have been obtained in all such prosecutions?
§ Mr. W. GRAHAM
In the last 12 months proceedings have been taken in 25 cases in which exhibitors have failed to comply with the quota. Convictions were obtained in 22 cases, in another the defendant received the benefit of the Probation of Offenders Act, but was ordered to pay costs; the two remaining cases were dismissed. I am afraid that I do not know what my hon. Friend means precisely by the expression "independent exhibitor" in this, connection.
§ Mr. GRAHAM
That raises a much larger question. My information is that 646 these convictions were not applicable to at least the leading combines.