HC Deb 10 November 1942 vol 383 cc2265-6
73. Sir W. Smithers

asked the Home Secretary who appoints the film censor and what qualifications are required?

Mr. Peake

The censorship of films is undertaken by the British Board of Film Censors. The Board was set up many years ago by agreement within the cinematograph industry which appoints the President. The present President is Lord Tyrrell, who, I understand, satisfies himself as to the qualifications of the four examiners responsible for examining the films under his general direction.

Sir W. Smithers

While thanking the Under-Secretary for that reply, the whole of which I could not hear, is it not a fact that the Film Controller is in reality more or less the nominee of the film industry, and will he take steps to get the film control under more independent persons?

Mr. Peake

The present system has existed now for a great number of years and has operated, I think, to the general satisfaction of all parties.

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