HC Deb 11 December 1945 vol 417 cc204-5
78. Mr. Gerald Williams

asked the Secretary of State for War on what basis it has been decided that, as from January next, troops will have to pay sums varying between 6d. and is to witness cinema entertainments provided by E.N.S.A.; whether any estimate has been made as to whether such charges are necessary to cover the cost of the provision of the entertainment or whether a substantial profit is envisaged; and whether he will make a full statement on the subject.

Mr. Lawson

This represents a return to normal peacetime procedure. The charge is intended to cover the cost which, in the case of E.N.S.A. cinemas, at present falls on N.A.A.F.I. funds.

Mr. Williams

Is the Minister aware that these charges are very nearly as grave as those charged in this country after tax has been deducted, and is it right that these charges should be made to troops after already being subsidised by N.A.A.F.I.?

Mr. Lawson

I think I ought to make it clear that this arrangement does not at present apply to India and S.E.A.C. and only to the 35 m.m. films and not to the 16 m.m. films.