HC Deb 02 July 1958 vol 590 cc1299-300
3 and 4. Mr. Swingler

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (1) on how many occasions his Department has intervened to prevent the exhibition of films on television or in the cinemas for political or diplomatic reasons;

(2) why his Department intervened to prevent the showing of the film "Holiday in Sylt" on Independent Television on 8th May.

Mr. Selwyn Lloyd

The answer to the first Question is "None, Sir". The second Question therefore does not arise.

Mr. Swingler

Is the Foreign Secretary then suggesting that the radio correspondents of practically all the Conservative newspapers, including the Daily Telegraph and the Daily Express, are liars? Is he aware they all reported that this film was withdrawn by Associated Rediffusion as the result of consultations with the Foreign Office and of representations received from the Foreign Office? Is the right hon. and learned Gentleman categorically denying and repudiating those reports, which were not denied at the time?

Mr. Lloyd

I have no idea of the reports to which the hon. Gentleman is drawing my attention. If he will show me them, I will consider them. It is quite untrue that we intervened to prevent the showing of any film.