HC Deb 21 November 1945 vol 416 cc437-8
71. Major Lloyd

asked the President of the Board of Trade how many film studios are available to the film industry and how many still remain requisitioned.

Mr. Marquand (Secretary, Overseas Trade Department)

Ten film studios are available to the film industry and two further studios have been derequisitioned but are not yet ready for film production. Sound stages remain under requisition at six film studios, of which four are actively in process of clearance. The remaining two are small studios, one of which should be cleared between March and May next year, and the other is the subject of negotiations still proceeding.

Major Lloyd

Will the Minister take immediate steps to expedite the derequisitioning of the remaining film studios, as requisitioning has been a very serious handicap to the industry in this country?

Mr. Marquand

Yes, Sir. I was able to assure the House in the Debate on Friday that this matter was proceeding with the maximum speed.

Mr. De la Bère

We want deeds, not words.