HC Deb 13 April 1937 vol 322 c779
53. Mr. Day

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in view of the fact that many of the principal cinemas in London and the provincial cities are owned, leased, or controlled by. companies having large foreign financial interests and are accordingly enabled to prejudice public opinion against British films by completing the quota provisions of the Cinematograph Films Act by showing inferior productions at times when the cinemas are poorly attended, he will consider this point when introducing the necessary amendments to the Cinematograph Films Act, 1927, so as better to protect the British film industry?

Mr. Runciman

The suggestion of the hon. Member will be borne in mind.

Mr. Day

Will the right hon. Gentleman also bear in mind the fact that in many of these cinemas British films are put on early in the programme, when hardly anyone is there, in order to comply with the quota?