HC Deb 08 June 1937 vol 324 cc1568-9
26. Sir Nicholas Grattan-Doyle

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is in a position to state the intentions of the Government in respect of the recommendations made by the Departmental Committee on films; and, if not, whether he will cause such decision to be expedited, having regard to the uncertainty as to the future which at present prevails in the film industry?

The President of the Board of Trade (Mr. Oliver Stanley)

I am not yet able to add anything to the reply which I gave on 1st June to the hon. Member for East Dorset (Mr. Hall-Caine). Discussions with the trade interests are still proceeding, and my hon. Friend may rest assured that every effort will be made to expedite the matter.

Sir N. Grattan-Doyle

Can the Minister say when he thinks he will be able to add something to that answer?

Mr. Stanley

I cannot give any definite assurance, but I hope it will be possible to make a full statement before the end of the summer.

Mr. Day

Is the Minister aware that if some decision is not arrived at quickly, there will be no film trade left, and it will be too late to bring in any legislation?