§ 65. Mr. DAY
asked the President of the Board of Trade the manner in which applications are considered for certificates of exemption by cinematograph exhibitors for non-compliance with the quota provisions of the Cinematograph Films Act, 1927; and by whom these applications are considered?
The Act lays upon the Board of Trade the responsibility for deciding whether to issue a certificate in any case, after considering all the facts. It is the practice, however, to lay every submission in full before the advisory committee for their advice before a decision is taken.
My hon. Friend has raised that point on many occasions, but I can only say that I must have regard to the organised bodies. I have no reason to believe that they do not do their work in a fair way.
I see some of the reports from time to time, but I am afraid that I have a very large amount of other business.