§ Sir A. HOLBROOK
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has received representations from the cinematograph trade of the bad financial position into which the industry has been forced by the demands of the Entertainments Duty; is he aware that in all parts of the country cinemas are faced with ruin if the present conditions continue; and whether he can hold out any hope of a reduction or abolition of this duty in order to prevent the great amount of unemployment which will necessarily follow the closing of these places of amusement?
My right hon. Friend has received representations of the nature described, and they are receiving consideration. As regards the last part of the question, I am unable to anticipate the Budget statement.