HC Deb 28 February 1921 vol 138 c1451W
Major GLYN

asked the Home Secretary whether, since neither the Home Office nor the British Board of Film Censors constituted by the cinematograph trade to examine films have any official authority to induce or order all films to be submitted for examination, he will direct or advise all local authorities to stipulate that licences will only be granted if a11 the films exhibited have passed the Board of Film Censors?


I have no authority to give directions to local authorities as to the exercise of their powers under the Cinematograph Act, 1909, but I have advised them from time to time to pay special attention to films which have not received the certificate of the Board of Film Censors, and I think they may properly require that films not so passed should be inspected by themselves or their officers before being publicly exhibited within their jurisdiction.