HC Deb 23 March 1950 vol 472 cc129-30W
88. Mr. K. Robinson

asked the Minister of Labour what is his policy regarding the issue of labour permits to American artistes and senior technicians who wish to make films in this country; and how many such permits he has issued in respect of the projected film entitled "The Mudlark."

Mr. Isaacs

Permits are granted freely in respect of foreign film artistes of international reputation who are required for leading rôles in films produced in this country, and may also be granted in some cases for foreign artistes to play supporting rôles. Applications for permits for foreign producers and directors required by British film companies, whose association has reached agreement on numbers with the appropriate trade union, are also granted. Applications for foreign producers and directors required by American companies making films in this country are considered with due regard to the Government's undertaking in the Anglo-American Film Agreement of March, 1948, to extend all reasonable facilities and co-operation to enable such companies to spend their sterling balances.

Permits for three Americans have been granted for the film mentioned.