HC Deb 30 July 1964 vol 699 cc389-90W
Mr. Emery

asked the Secretary of State for Industry, Trade and Regional Development what action he proposes to take as a result of the recommendations which the Cinematograph Films Council have made to him on the struc- ture and trading practices of the films industry.

Mr. Heath

The majority of the Council's recommendations have now been the subject of discussion within the industry. As a result action has been taken on the important matter of time and distance bars. These are being brought within reasonable limits.

As to the recommendation that I should examine the feasibility of increasing competition in film exhibition, the main question at issue here is whether the dominance of the two exhibition circuits as outlets for British films is in the public interest.

I am now satisfied that the appropriate way to deal with the matter of the dominance of the exhibition circuits is to have the supply of cinematograph films for exhibition investigated by an independent body with full access to all relevant material. I have accordingly decided to refer this matter to the Monopolies Commission for investigation and report.

In the course of its investigation the Commission will be able to take into consideration all relevant recommendations of the Cinematograph Films Council.

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