HC Deb 03 December 1959 vol 614 c1361
22. Mrs. White

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if his attention has been drawn to the recent statement of the Chairman of the British Film Institute, pointing out that an offer has been made by the film company concerned of valuable material connected with the film productions of the late Sir Alexander Korda and Mr. Vincent Korda for which no proper storage or display space is available; and what attention has been paid to this and cognate problems affecting the National Film Archive in deciding on the amount of grant made available to the Institute.

Sir E. Boyle

Yes, Sir. As the offer was made only very recently, it could not have been taken into account in fixing the grant-in-aid to the Institute in the current year even if it were right to do so. As regards next year's grant, I must ask the hon. Lady to await the Estimates.

Mrs. White

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that in the present circumstances it is necessary to store this material either in a basement in London or in a wooden hut at Aston Clinton? Is he also aware that much of the material in the National Film Archive cannot be made available to students because there is no staff for cataloguing?

Sir E. Boyle

I am aware that this is a difficult matter where controversies have not been resolved. I am considering it carefully.