HC Deb 13 February 1961 vol 634 c912
16. Mr. Mayhew

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether he now proposes to set up a Government film unit to provide topical news and feature material for overseas television services.

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Dr. Charles Hill)

This possibility is under consideration by the Central Office of Information in relation to the production programme for the financial year 1961–62.

Mr. Mayhew

The Minister assured me some little time ago that it was under consideration. Would he not agree that there is a definite gap in our overseas information service and that the sooner it is filled the better?

Dr. Hill

The need has been for an additional news film unit to supplement the capacity of the contractors. It will not be long before a decision is reached.