HC Deb 25 May 1933 vol 278 cc1268-9
48. Lord SCONE

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he is aware that Scottish magistrates have no power to make any regulations, other than safety rules, for the exhibition of kinematograph films, and cannot prevent children and young per sons from attending films which have been passed by the censor as suitable for adults only: and whether he is prepared to introduce the necessary legislation to enable suitable regulations to be brought into operation?


As my right hon. Friend stated in answer to a question addressed to him on 21st March last, by the Noble Lady the Member for Kinross and West Perth (Duchess of Atholl), he is advised that the legal position in Scotland is as stated in the first part of the question, though he is not aware that the matter has been the subject of judicial decision. As regards the latter part of the question, the subject is at present receiving careful consideration, but my right hon. Friend is not in a position to give any undertaking as to legislation.