HC Deb 21 July 1953 vol 518 cc207-8
44. Mr. Donnelly

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government what recent changes have taken place in the block grants to the Abergavenny Borough Council.

Mr. Marples

Block grants ceased in 1948. Instead, county district councils receive sums from the County Council calculated by reference to the size of the population.

Mr. Donnelly

Has the Minister's attention been drawn to a statement by the town clerk of this local authority in which he announces the council's refusal to let the town theatre for the showing of a play by Mr. Du Garde Peach because it poked fun at some councillors and, worse still, at the town clerk? Will the hon. Gentleman give a firm assurance that he will reconsider any grants to local authorities who seek to suppress Shakespeare because he pokes fun at the Beadle?

Mr. Marples

Fortunately, the supervising of the censoring of entertainment by local authorities does not come within the jurisdiction of my right hon. Friend.

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