HC Deb 24 May 1966 vol 729 c88W
Mr. Robert Howarth

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will now make a statement about the Government's policy towards the future of legislation affecting the film industry.

Mr. Jay

Yes. The provisions in the enactments governing the screen quota, the exhibitors' levy and the operations of the National Film Finance Corporation expire in 1967. I have decided that the right course would be to prolong existing legislation, with one or two minor amendments, until the end of 1970. A Bill will be introduced as soon as possible after the summer recess. This will hold the position and enable a full review of future films policy and legislation to be carried out in the light of the Monopolies Commission's Report on cinema films. As I said in reply to my hon. Friend, the Member for Putney (Mr. Hugh Jenkins) on 19th May, I expect to receive this report within the next two or three months.