§ 33. Mr. DAY
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he can state the number of cinematograph exhibitors and/or renters who applied for and were granted a certificate of exemption for non-compliance with the quota provisions set out in the Cinematograph Films Act, 1927?
§ Mr. W. R. SMITH
Of the exhibitors who carried on business throughout the last quota year, 122 applied for a certificate that the reasons for their noncompliance with the quota requirements were reasons beyond their control, and after consultation with the advisory committee, certificates have been issued in two cases. In addition similar applications were made by 38 exhibitors for part of the year only, and certificates have been issued in three of these cases. I am not yet in a position to give similar information in respect of the renters, whose quota year ended only in March.
§ Miss WILKINSON
Can the Parliamentary Secretary say what are the reasons given for not complying with the Act?