HC Deb 29 June 1933 vol 279 cc1660-1

asked the Home Secretary whether he will consider the desirability of setting up a board of film censors responsible to his office and acting quite independently of the film industry?


This question has been raised from time to time, and I am not in favour of a system of Government censorship. I would remind the hon. Member that the final decision as to what films may be exhibited rests with the cinematograph licensing authorities.


asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been drawn to cinema films showing wild beasts spurred and driven into combat; and whether he will take power to prevent the release of any film depicting a fight between two animals and any film in which cruelty or suffering to any animal has been produced?


The answer to the first part of the question is in the negative: and I learn from the British Board of Film Censors that no film as passed by them contains any such incident. As to the second part of the question, I would refer to the answer which my right hon. Friend the Under-Secretary gave on the 1st instant to my hon. Friend the Member for East Dorset (Mr. Hall-Caine). I am informed that the board are giving special attention to all animal films produced abroad, that no such film as passed by the board depicts a fight between two animals, and that, where it is obvious that cruelty or restraint amounting to cruelty has been involved in the production of a particular incident, that incident is not passed by the board.

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