HC Deb 31 July 1931 vol 255 c2627
19. Mr. DAY

asked the President of the Board of Trade the number of exhibitors or renters that have been prosecuted for not complying with the quota provisions of the Cinematograph Films Act, 1927; and will he give particulars?

The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of TRADE (Mr. William Graham)

The number of exhibitors who have been prosecuted for non-compliance with the quota provisions is 40, and the number of renters 7. In addition, proceedings against 5 exhibitors are pending. Of the 40 prosecutions of exhibitors 35 resulted in convictions and 5 were dismissed, 2 under the Probation of Offenders Act. Of the 7 prosecutions of renters 5 resulted in convictions; the other 2 were dismissed under the Probation of Offenders Act.


Can my right hon. Friend say whether applications were made by these persons to the Board of Trade for exemption certificates before the prosecutions were instituted?


I should require notice of that question.