HC Deb 26 July 1937 vol 326 cc2649-50
60. Mr. Remer

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been drawn to the fact that the second biggest film company in this country, the Associated British Cinemas, Limited, has been fined no less than five times recently for failing to comply with Part III of the Cinematograph Films Act, 1927, as to the exhibitors' quota, the magistrate informing the company that the run of the American film would amply repay them for the small fine he was entitled to impose; whether he is aware that the chairman and managing director of this company is a member of the Films Advisory Committee who are advisers to the Board of Trade; and whether he will make inquiries into this matter in the interests of public policy?

Captain Wallace

I am aware of the facts to which my hon. Friend calls attention, though I would add that the five offences occurred at different cinemas during three quota years and that the company controls some 250 cinemas. I do not think any further inquiry on my part is necessary.

Mr. Remer

In view of the fact that this gentleman is in the important position of advising the Board of Trade, does my right hon. and gallant Friend think that Mr. John Maxwell is a suitable person to advise the Board of Trade owing to the continual breaking of the law by this company?

Mr. R. C. Morrison

Is the right hon. and gallant Gentleman aware that it is becoming increasingly difficult for exhibitors to comply with this part of the Act?