HC Deb 17 October 1939 vol 352 cc717-8W
Sir A. Baillie

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in view of the delay on the part of the Government in declaring their policy as to suspension, or otherwise, of the Cinematograph Films Act, 1938, he will state the present position as regards those renters of foreign films who have trade-shown their imported films during the renters' quota period ended 30th September, 1939, but who, owing to the closing of theatres or other causes, have been unable to trade-show the requisite proportion of British quota films which were produced for trade-showing during the period in question?

Mr. Stanley

The position in this matter is governed by Section 13 of the Act of 1938. A renter who finds himself in default at the end of a quota period may apply to the Board of Trade for a certificate that the default was due to circumstances beyond his control. Before deciding whether to issue such a certificate, the Board of Trade must consult the Cinematograph Films Council and consider its advice.