HC Deb 25 July 1939 vol 350 cc1218-9
10. Colonel Sandeman Allen

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that certain restaurants wishing to exhibit extracts from the news-reel films of Their Majesties' visit to Canada, have been refused supplies by British news-reel producing companies because the latter are bound by their arrangements with exhibitors not to distribute their films for such purposes; and whether he will investigate this undesirable restaint on news-films distribution with a view to remedial action?

Mr. Stanley

I understand that most of the news-reel companies confine the supply of their films to their regular cinema customers; but this is not a matter in which I have any power to intervene.