HC Deb 22 April 1937 vol 322 c1914
52. Mr. Hall-Caine

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is now in a position to state whether legislation will be introduced during the current Session of Parliament to protect the British film industry after the expiration of the existing Cinematograph Films Act?

The President of the Board of Trade (Mr. Runciman)

The principal recommendation of Lord Moyne's Committee is that a quota of British films, which was imposed under the Cinematograph Films Act, 1927, on renters and exhibitors, should continue for a further period of 10 years. The Government accept this recommendation, and propose to introduce the necessary legislation before the end of the year, but further discussion with the trade interests concerned on some of the other recommendations of the Committee will be necessary before the legislation can be drafted.

Captain Arthur Evans

What percentage of the quota will apply in future?

Mr. Runciman

I cannot say at this stage.