HC Deb 20 November 1946 vol 430 c833
17. Mr. Teeling

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he is aware that at R.A.F. station Sharjam, Persia, no films were received between 1st and 21st October; that when three films then arrived they had all been shown there during the previous two months; and, as this is the only form of entertainment, why these shows were free up to 1st September and now cost 9d. a projection.

Mr. de Freitas

Yes, Sir. I am afraid that at a time when we were re-organising the distribution of films for the Royal Air Force as a whole, a mistake was made in getting films to this station, which I should add is not in Persia. We are now making our film service self-supporting, and all stations are therefore having to make a small charge for admission.

Mr. Teeling

Why have small charges now to be made, whereas in wartime and later on no charges were made?

Mr. de Freitas

During the war the film companies were able to give us their films free or very cheaply, but they are not doing so now.

Mr. H. Hynd

If finance enters into this, will the Under-Secretary bear in mind that the Government recently came into an unexpected £150 at Rotherhithe yesterday?