HC Deb 02 December 1930 vol 245 cc1992-3W

asked the Secretary of State for War whether the Army Council have approved a series of cinema entertainments to be given on troopships and transports carrying troops and their families to stations in the Far East; how many such ships have been fixed up with cinema operating boxes; and will he give particulars?


As an experiment, facilities have been granted by the Board of Trade, at the request of the Army Council, to a commercial firm to instal, without charge to public funds, a cinematograph apparatus on the transport "Nevasa" now on voyage to China. The arrangements provide for a frequent change of programme and the charges for each entertainment are reasonable. The installation and arrangements for the display of the films comply in all respects with Board of Trade requirements. Should this experiment prove a success, both from the point of view of the military passengers on board and that of the film company operating the service, the question of its extension to the other transports employed on trooping will receive consideration.