HC Deb 08 March 1951 vol 485 c658
47. Mr. John E. Haire

asked the Lord President of the Council if he intends to have a film of the Festival of Britain made.

The Lord President of the Council (Mr. Herbert Morrison)

The Festival Office, in conjunction with the Central Office of Information, are taking steps to ensure that selected events in the Festival are filmed. Some of the preparations for the Festival have already been filmed. Consideration will certainly be given at a later date to the production of a special film using this material, suitably edited, as a record of the Festival.

Mr. Haire

Will my right hon. Friend see that when this film is made it is given the widest possible circulation overseas in order that those persons who may be unable to come to the Festival will be able to see the truth about Britain and not the story told by the party opposite?

Mr. Morrison

I think the suggestion of my hon. Friend is a wise one. Of course, while I cannot require these things, I will do my very best in the direction he has indicated.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

Has the right hon. Gentleman any idea as to who might play the star part in this film?

Mr. Morrison

One answer is obvious, but the last hon. Member I would think about would be the hon. Member for Kingston - upon - Thames (Mr. Boyd-Carpenter).

Mr. Hamilton

Will my right hon. Friend consider including in this film a shot of the hon. Member for Luton (Dr. Hill), the hon. Member for Bury and Radcliffe (Mr. W. Fletcher) and the Leader of the Opposition, the right hon. Member for Woodford (Mr. Churchill) as evidence of a starving Britain?

Earl Winterton

May I ask the right hon. Gentleman, as one interested in the film industry, if included in this film will be a picture of a British family eating their weekly meat ration?