HC Deb 15 July 1941 vol 373 cc470-1W
Captain Dugdale

asked the Secretary of State for War whether, in view of the difficulty that many soldiers find in paying the minimum charges demanded at certain cinemas, he will approach the cinematograph trade with a view to securing an alteration in the terms of the contract under which films leased to the War Department may not be shown within three miles of any cinema?

Mr. Law

The contracts under which the War Office hire films from the trade provide that they should not be shown within two miles of a public cinema and not three miles as my hon. and gallant Friend suggests. I have no reason to think that the minimum charges demanded by cinemas are in general beyond the means of soldiers, and I am not satisfied that I should be justified in approaching, the trade to alter the existing agreement. If my hon. and gallant Friend has in mind any particular case of difficulty, I shall be glad to look into it.

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