HC Deb 16 November 1934 vol 293 cc2300-1W

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether, to help the British film industry, he proposes to suggest to the different Colonies that they should enact film-quota legislation and bring it into force, since not one Colony has taken this step up to the presents?


I have already suggested to a number of Colonial Governments that they should consider the enactment of film-quota legislation, but only those Colonies mentioned in the reply which I gave to my hon. and gallant Friend on 9th November have found it possible to enact such legislation. In the majority of the African dependencies and in the mandated territories film-quota legislation would be contrary to our international engagements, whilst in many of the other Colonial dependencies conditions are not yet ripe for such legislation. I am, however, considering whether there are any in which such legislation could properly be enforced at the present time.