HC Deb 26 April 1967 vol 745 cc1596-7
38. Mr. Dickens

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will now make a statement on the implementation of the recommendations of the Monopolies Commission's report on the supply of films for exhibition in cinemas.

Mr. Jay

I am still in discussion with the industry. I shall make a statement as soon as possible.

Mr. Dickens

Would my right hon. Friend accept that the public should have the opportunity of seeing a much wider and less stereotyped variety of short films in cinemas than is currently being shown? Would he indicate what progress has been made since the publication of the Monopolies Commission's Report towards prising open the monopoly of the Rank Organisation and Associated British Cinemas to secure this?

Mr. Jay

I shall bear that point in mind. I hope that progress has been made and that we can reach a decision shortly.