HC Deb 24 February 1937 vol 320 c1977
25. Mr. Day

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty the number of ships in His Majesty's Navy that are fitted with talking cinema apparatus; whether it is proposed to install same in all new ships that are being built; and what arrangements are made for a constant change of cinematograph films when ships are visiting, or are in foreign stations?

Sir S. Hoare

Twenty-three ships have up to the present been supplied with sound film equipment under the scheme described in the answer given; to the hon. Member by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty on 6th May last. As was then stated, other ships, of which no particulars are available, have acquired sound film equipment privately. The scheme to which I have referred also provides for the supply of sound films on hire, which are sent to the various stations as occasion demands. The provision of sound film equipment in new construction is at present under consideration; but no decision has yet been reached.

Mr. Day

Will the right hon. Gentleman see, when a decision is reached, that only British machines are installed?