HC Deb 07 May 1940 vol 360 c1044
66. Mr. Neil Maclean

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that the Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer Company, in addition to charging 70 per cent. of the takings from cinemas exhibiting "Gone with the Wind," are imposing a condition that the minimum charge for seats must be 3s. 6d. in the afternoon and 4s. 6d. in the evening; and what steps he proposes to take to stop this case of profiteering?

67. Sir J. Lucas

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in view of the excessive overcharge being made here in the case of the film "Gone with the Wind," he will, by Order-in-Council or otherwise, prohibit the exhibition of this film?

Sir A. Duncan

I have no power to prohibit the exhibition of this film or to regulate the prices of seats in cinemas; but I would refer the hon. Members to the replies given to their Questions on this subject on 30th April.

Sir J. Lucas

Is the Minister aware that the American profits alone on this film have reached over £3,000,000, even after £30,000 has been paid for the book, and will he stop all this money going out of the country?