§ 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. 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.