HC Deb 15 June 1937 vol 325 cc175-6
7. Mr. Day

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether the discussions have now been completed with the various trade interests concerned in the proposed amendments necessary to carry out the recommendations made in the report of the Committee on the Cinematograph Films Act, 1927; and, in view of the uncertainty that prevails in this industry, can he now make a statement on the Government's proposals?

Mr. Stanley

On nth June I received representatives of the various trade interests and placed before them suggestions for their consideration. As soon as their comments have been considered, the Government will be in a position to reach a final decision.

Mr. Day

In view of the fact that this Act comes to an end at the end of this year and of the difficulty which British film users are experiencing in arranging their future programmes, can something not be done to facilitate a decision in the matter?

Mr. Stanley

I think I am right in saying that the Act does not come to an end till next March or April. We have clearly got that time-table in mind when we are thinking of the drafting of a Bill.