HC Deb 27 October 1932 vol 269 c1129

asked the Home Secretary which local authorities not permitting Sunday cinemas in their areas previous to the passage of the Sunday Entertainments Act have since applied for powers enabling them to do so?


A draft order has been submitted to me applying for the extension to the Borough of Maidstone of the power under the Sunday Entertainments Act, 1932, to allow cinemas to open on Sundays. The order will be laid before Parliament at an early date. No other draft order has yet been submitted.


asked the Home Secretary whether any steps have yet been taken to set up a film institute under the Sunday Entertainments Act?


The Sunday Entertainments Act, 1932, neither authorises nor requires me to set up a film institute; but. I presume that my hon. Friend is referring to the provisions of Section 2 of the Act, which provides for the establishment of a fund "for the purpose of encouraging the use and development of the cinematograph as a means of entertainment and instruction." This fund is to come into existence only when Regulations have been made prescribing what percentage of the sums devoted to charitable objects from the profits of Sunday cinematograph entertainments shall be paid into the fund. No such Regulations have as yet been made, but I hope to be in a position to make them early next year.