HC Deb 20 July 1937 vol 326 cc1939-41
11. Mr. Day

asked the President of the Board of Trade the number of applications made to him during the 12 months ended to the last convenient date by exhibitors for an exemption certificate through their inability to comply with the quota conditions laid down in the Cinematograph Films Act, 1927?

Mr. Stanley

As the hon. Member was informed in answer to a question on 26th January last, details are not available of the number of applications made for certificates of exemption.

Mr. Day

How many certificates have been granted, and how many proceedings have been taken against people who have not complied with the Act?

Mr. Stanley

Perhaps the hon. Member will give me notice of that question.

22. Mr. R. C. Morrison

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will circulate a draft of the proposed Film Quota Bill before the House rises, or during the Recess, in view of the necessity for detailed consideration of its provisions?

4. Mr. Riley

asked the President of the Board of Trade when he will be able to make a statement with regard to legislation dealing with the reorganisation of the film industry?

Mr. Stanley

I hope to be in a position to make a statement of the Government's proposals on films legislation before the Recess, but it will not be possible to introduce a Bill before the House rises.

Mr. Morrison

Will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind that the contemplated legislation is likely to be somewhat involved and entirely non-party, and in those circumstances, does he not agree that it would be an advantage to Members in all parts of the House to have a draft Bill to consider at leisure during the Recess?

Mr. Stanley

I am afraid it would be quite impossible to produce anything in the nature of a draft Bill, but I am proposing to issue, for the convenience of hon. Members, a statement in the form of a White Paper, which I will endeavour to make as full as possible.

Mr. Boothby

Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind the desirability of not encouraging British film-producing companies to waste money in order to qualify for protection?

Mr. Kirkwood

Before the draft Bill is produced, will the Minister see to it that the point of view of Scottish cinematograph operators is considered?

Mr. Stanley

All points of view of every section of the industry have been given to the Board of Trade over the last few months, and all of them are being considered.