HC Deb 27 May 1941 vol 371 c1726W
Mr. Ness Edwards

asked the Minister of Information what was the cost of the film made by the War Office film section dealing with the training of parachute troops; the time it would take to show; what use has been made of it by exhibitors; and was it shown in its original form?

Mr. Cooper

I am informed by my right hon. and gallant Friend the Secretary of State for War that the film in question was made by the Army Film Unit in the ordinary course of its duties, that the cost of the negative and processing was £142 5s., and that apart from the normal editorial cuts, certain further cuts were, necessary on security grounds. The remainder of the film, which represented an unusually high proportion of original negative, takes about 30 minutes to show. It was made available to the five newsreel companies, of whom three devoted their newsreels wholly to the film and two to the extent of about two-thirds of their length.