§ 10. Mr. Hopkins
asked the President of the Board of Trade what action he intends to take to assist the British film industry.
§ 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. 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?
§ 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. 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.