HC Deb 31 July 1941 vol 373 cc1557-8W
Mr. Rostron Duckworth

asked the Minister of Information whether he is satisfied with the showing of his short propaganda films in the cinemas of the country; and whether he will take powers to make their showing compulsory in every programme?

Mr. Bracken

I am satisfied that the agreement made with the Cinematograph Exhibitors Association was a good one and that the majority of its members are loyally observing it. I also know that the Ministry's short films are not being shown as widely as I should like and I am considering what more can be done by persuasion to ensure that all members keep to the agreement. If the proposed further efforts should fail to bring about the desired results, I shall then consider taking compulsory powers.