HC Deb 16 February 1937 vol 320 cc970-1
5. Mr. Mander

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware of the possibility in the near future of all the principal film-producing companies in this country passing into American hands; and what action he is taking in the matter?

Dr. Burgin

I have received no information regarding the possibility referred to by the hon. Member.

Mr. Mander

Will the hon. Gentleman be good enough to make some inquiries, because there is a real possibility of the four principal companies in this country passing into American hands?

Dr. Burgin

That is not in accordance with my information.

Mr. Stephen

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that American films are very much better than the British?

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Dr. Burgin

The Minister is very well informed about the British film industry.

14. Mr. Day

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he has received the observations from the trade organisations on the report on the Cinema Films Act; and, in view of the present unsettled state of the cinema industry, will he give particulars of when it is proposed to introduce legislation to amend the Cinematograph Films Act, 1927?

Dr. Burgin

Observations on the report of the Departmental Committee on Films have been received from the various sections of the industry and are being considered. I understand that further observations may be expected. As regards the last part of the question, I am unable to add anything to the answer which I gave on 8th December to the hon. Member for East Dorset (Mr. Hall-Caine).

Mr. Day

Is the Minister aware that the delay in the decision of the Government upon this very urgent matter is causing ruin to many of the British film-producing companies; and will he try to facilitate the decision of the Government?

Dr. Burgin

I am not aware of anything of the sort, but I am aware that the different sections of the film industry have different views on every topic.

Mr. Day

Has the hon. Gentleman noticed lately that many of the film-producing companies have been going into liquidation?

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