§ 63. Mr. G. Thomas
asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury the extent of the Government grant to the Scottish Film Library and the Scottish Film Council in 1951–52; and the comparative cost of the Welsh Film Library during 1951–52.
§ Mr. Boyd-Carpenter
In 1951–52 the Scottish Film Council received grants of £4,800 from the British Film Institute, plus £500 from the Institute for the Festival of Britain, and £200 from the Scottish Education Department. The Scottish Film Library received a grant of £5,000 from the Scottish Education Department for the purchase of educational films. The Council and the Library partially perform in Scotland the work done in England and Wales by the Educational Foundation for Visual Aids.
In addition, the Scottish Film Council received a payment of £2,500 from the Central Office of Information for the distribution of official films by the Scottish Film Library and will receive an estimated further sum of £500 to cover incidental cost of despatching films to customers, making approximately £3,000 in all from the Central Office of Information for about 8,800 borrowings.
The Welsh Film Library is organised on different lines, being in fact part of the Central Film Library maintained by the Central Office of Information. The cost comparable with the £3,000 mentioned above is estimated at approximately £1,500 for about 4,500 borrowings, but the Library's total cost includes a share of general Central Office of Information overhead costs as well.