HC Deb 02 April 1957 vol 568 c229
42. Mr. J. Eden

asked the President of the Board of Trade in what way the Association of Independent Cinemas is represented on the Cinematograph Films Council.

Mr. Erroll

No trade association as such is represented but there are five representatives of exhibitors as required by the Act. Before the next appointments to the Council are made in October, 1957, the Association of Independent Cinemas will be consulted, along with all other representative bodies.

Mr. Eden

I thank my hon. Friend for indicating that the Association of Independent Cinemas will be consulted. May I ask him whether he does not think it right that an association which represents a very large number of small cinemas in this country should have some say in the deliberations of the Films Council generally? Would he not agree that these people should at any rate have a voice on this body?

Mr. Erroll

I must inform by hon. Friend that two of the five representatives who are exhibitors are themselves concerned with small cinemas, so that I think the small cinemas are already properly represented.