HC Deb 04 March 1941 vol 369 c760
35. Mr. Crowder

asked the Minister of Information how many propaganda films are being shown in the London cinemas at the present time; and whether arrangements could be made for at least one such film to be shown at each performance?

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Information (Mr. Harold Nicolson)

Arrangements have been made with the Cinematograph Exhibitors' Association for the inclusion in each programme in almost every cinema theatre throughout the country, including the London area, of a short Ministry propaganda film. In addition there are many longer films of propaganda value made by commercial producers either for, or in co-operation with, the Ministry. These are regularly released and shown by cinemas in the ordinary course of their business, but it would be impossible without a great deal of research to say how many of all types are running in London cinemas at the present time.

Mr. Crowder

Is the Minister satisfied with the arrangements made?

Mr. Nicolson

My right hon. Friend is never satisfied that all arrangements are perfect, but the arrangements now made are a great improvement on the former ones.

Mr. Noel-Baker

Is it not a fact that these films have a great success both at home and abroad?

Mr. Nicolson

Yes, Sir.