HC Deb 27 July 1937 vol 326 cc2827-8
14. Mr. R. C. Morrison

asked the President of the Board of Trade when the White Paper on the Government's proposals for dealing with the film industry will be available to Members of the House?

17. Mr. Day

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in view of the uncertainty existing in the film trade at the present time on account of the early expiration of the Cinematograph Films Act, 1927, he will now make a statement as to the proposed amendments the Government intend to introduce on the expiration of this Act; and when it is intended to publish the proposed White Paper?

Mr. Stanley

I hope that the White Paper will be available to hon. Members on Thursday evening.

Mr. Morrison

Will the right hon. Gentleman be good enough to say whether he regards the proposals of the White Paper as an unalterable basis of the forthcoming Bill, or will he be prepared to consider further representations?

Mr. Stanley

The hon. Member will, of course, realise that time is getting short and that we must press on with the drafting of a Bill, and that the proposals in the White Paper must necessarily form the basis of the Bill; but I will certainly consider any representations on points of substance which I receive between now and the presentation of the Bill.

Mr. Kirkwood

Will due regard be had to the Scottish side of the film industry? Are their interests to be protected in this Bill?

Mr. Stanley

I think the conditions both for the English and the Scottish branches of the industry are very much the same, but if the hon. Member has in mind any particular point with reference to Scotland, I should regard that as a substantial point, and one on which I should certainly listen to representations.

Mr. Day

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that a great many English broad comedy films are of no use in Scotland?