HC Deb 29 July 1965 vol 717 cc662-3
10. Mr. Hopkins

asked the President of the Board of Trade what action he intends to take to assist the British film industry.

Mr. Jay

British film production already receives a wide measure of assistance and the studios are well occupied.

Mr. Hopkins

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that some very fine films have been produced recently by the independent producers? Is he satisfied that the arrangements are working to the benefit of independent producers as a whole?

Mr. Jay

Yes, Sir. From my information, the producers of a large number of successful films recently made have had independent control over scripts and production arrangements.

Mr. Peter Mills

Will the right hon. Gentleman continue to give every assistance to this industry, particularly that part of the industry concerned with television films? Will he bear in mind that many of us are sick and tired of the importation of American films for T.V. and it is high time that British films had a fair share in T.V. programmes?

Mr. Jay

Yes, Sir, we shall do all we reasonably can to encourage British films.

Sir Harmar Nicholls

Is the President of the Board of Trade aware that those who have studied the problem will consider his first Answer very complacent and not reflecting the true position in Britain?

Mr. Jay

That is not my information from the industry, but if the hon. Member wants to make special representations I shall be delighted to listen to them.

Mr. Peter Emery

What does the right hon. Gentleman mean when he says that the Government will do all they reasonably can? The complaint of the film industry is that not enough is being done and a great deal more needs to be done by the Board of Trade on this matter to encourage the British film industry to make films so that we do not have to import American rubbish for television.

Mr. Jay

The hon. Member must know of the things which are being done. There is a quota in force and there is the National Film Finance Corporation and the special levy introduced by the previous Labour Government.

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