HC Deb 18 November 1941 vol 376 c155
10. Captain McEwen

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been called to the recent decision of the Kinema Renters' Society to enforce percentage rates for the hire of films; and whether he is aware of the harmful effect of this move by this combine on the continued existences of independent cinema proprietors throughout the country?

The President of the Board of Trade (Sir Andrew Duncan)

I am not aware of any such general decision by the Kine-matograph Renters' Society. I understand, however, that members of the Society have indicated to one particular exhibitor that they will only supply his cinemas on percentage terms.

Captain McEwen

Will my right hon. Friend continue to keep an eye on the activities of this combine, in the interests of the independent proprietors?

Sir A. Duncan

Yes. Sir.