HC Deb 03 December 1936 vol 318 cc1424-5
49. Mr. DAY

asked the President of the Board of Education the number of education authorities that are at present using sound films for educational purposes; whether the reports on these films have been satisfactory and give particulars of the country of origin and whether it is the policy of the board to further recommend and/or approve the extension in the use of similar films?


My Department has no detailed information as to the number of local education authorities using sound films, but I will try to obtain it. I have no complete information as to the country of origin of such films, though I understand that almost all of those at present in use are of British origin. As I have already said, I am anxious to see an extension of the use of films in schools as an educational medium and the new edition of the board's Handbook of Suggestions will contain references to their educational value. Various experiments are being carried out in London and elsewhere, and the board's inspectors are also making investigations.


Will the right hon. Gentleman recommend to the authorities that they should use only British films for this purpose?