HC Deb 24 February 1999 vol 326 cc323-4W
Mr. Spring

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what encouragement his Department is providing to secure the making of large budget films in Britain. [72323]

Janet Anderson

[holding answer 22 February 1999]: My Department is keen to create the conditions to secure the production of films of all types in Britain. In seeking to attract large budget films from overseas, my Department provides funding to the British Film Commission to promote the benefits of filming in the UK internationally. In addition, my Department jointly funds the newly created British Film Office in Los Angeles, which promotes the UK within Hollywood.

Recent large budget films made wholly or partly in this country include 'The Mummy' and 'Saving Private Ryan'. The new James Bond film 'The World is not Enough' is currently shooting here.

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