HC Deb 07 December 1937 vol 330 cc176-7
10. Mr. Day

asked the President of the Board of Trade particulars of estimates supplied to his Department in respect of films made abroad and exhibited in this country for the 12 months ended to the last convenient date, and the figures of the amounts expended in the hire of British films produced under the Cinematograph Films Act, 1927, that have been hired by foreign countries during the comparable period?

Mr. Stanley

It is not possible to furnish precise information, but it is estimated that the amount of the payments made abroad in respect of film royalties during 1936 was of the order of £6,000,000, while the receipts from British films shown abroad were probably less than £1,000,000.

Mr. Day

Is it possible for that information to be given to the Committee considering the Cinematograph Films Bill, as it would be of great interest to them?

Mr. Stanley

I have no doubt that hon. Members who are sitting on that Committee will read the OFFICIAL REPORT and will see the information there.