§ 11. Mr. Chapman
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the approximate number of dollars being spent annually on importing American films, gramophone records, magazines and similar products mainly for entertainment; and what is the total value of our dollar imports.
Imports of films and gramophone records from the United States of America in 1957 amounted to rather more than £9 million. Imports of newspapers and periodicals were £840,000; there are no separate figures for magazines. Total imports from the dollar area in 1957 were £965 million.
§ Mr. Chapman
Yes, but since a great deal of this entertainment material is coming in, some of it of a lurid and mediocre type, and as we still need to economise in dollar purchases, could not some of these be the first to fall by the wayside under import controls?
I hope there will not be any falling by the wayside, but we must keep a perspective, and the figure mentioned here of £9 million is not really a considerable figure in relation to the total of £965 million.