§ 40. Mr. POTTER
asked the President of the Board of Trade if he can state the total number of persons prosecuted to date for non-compliance with the quota provisions of the Cinematograph Films Act, 1927; how many convictions have been secured; and whether the total amount of costs and fines imposed and recovered has been sufficient to discharge the total costs and expenses of the legal proceedings instituted by his Department?
§ Mr. RUNCIMAN
The answers to the first and second parts of the question are 56 and 46, respectively; in addition to-the 46 convictions five cases were dealt with under the Probation of Offenders Act. The total amounts of costs recovered and fines imposed in all the cases were £445 8s.1d. and £439?s., respectively. The total cost incurred by the Department, including travelling expenses of witnesses, was approximately £550.