HC Deb 04 March 1954 vol 524 c1331
2. Mr. Dudley Williams

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he has yet made any decision on the date that the Cinematograph Act, 1952. will come into operation, in view of the fact that at the moment it is not possible to prevent children seeing undesirable programmes provided non-inflammable films are used.

Sir D. Maxwell Fyfe

I hope that it will be possible to bring the Act into operation on 1st July.

Mr. Williams

Will my right hon. and learned Friend bear in mind that this is a very urgent matter? I am very glad to hear that he will bring the Act into operation quickly. Is he aware that there is great concern among clergy and others associated with child welfare at the sordid nature of some films shown by mobile cinemas in Devonshire villages, which children cannot in law at the moment be prevented from attending?

Sir D. Maxwell Fyfe

I will bear those facts in mind.