HC Deb 26 February 1959 vol 600 cc179-80W
11. Mr. Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware that the British Board of Film Censors, which is not responsible to Ministerial control, has power to prevent Her Majesty's subjects viewing films because of their political and controversial nature; and whether he will therefore take the necessary action to bring this board of censorship under Parliamentary control.

Mr. Renton

No. The decision whether a film may be shown to the public rests in the last resort with the local licensing authorities, and the function of the British Board of Film Censors is purely advisory.