HC Deb 08 December 1949 vol 470 c2054
2. Major Guy Lloyd

asked the Minister of Education what Government organisations distribute films for use in schools; what is the amount of the grant towards providing films for schools; and what means exist of giving advice on the type of film meriting distribution.

Mr. Tomlinson

The Educational Foundation for Visual Aids, which was set up for the purpose of distributing films to educational institutions, is not a Government organisation, but receives a loan from the Exchequer. No grant is available towards providing films, but the Foundation devotes such part of its income as it can afford towards the cost of sponsoring them. The National Committee on Visual Aids in Education is available to give advice on the type of film suitable for use in educational institutions.

Major Lloyd

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that, whether the National committee is available or not, it is in fact never consulted, and that this organisation the Educational Foundation is a law unto itself? Is he aware that there are at least some people who feel very strongly that this body is not entirely impartial in the type of film it distributes to schools, and will he therefore look into the matter, particularly as regards the impartiality of the organisation?

Mr. Tomlinson

I will certainly look at it, if there is that feeling.

Mr. H. D. Hughes

Is it not the case that if the hon. and gallant Member for Eastern Renfrew (Major Lloyd) would consult his hon. Friend the Member for Sutton and Cheam (Mr. S. Marshall) who sits on the Educational Foundation his hon. Friend would tell him that every statement he has made is completely inaccurate?