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Cinematograph Films Act

Volume 236: debated on Tuesday 4 March 1930

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asked the President of the Board of Trade whether replies have been received by his Department from the Kinematograph Renters' Society and the Cinematograph Exhibitors' Association to the communication in which the Board drew the attention of these bodies to the tendency that was stated to exist among their members to ignore the requirements of Part I of the Cinematograph Films Act, 1927; and can he state whether any suggestions have been made by these Associations as to the manner in which their members would co-operate in future in carrying out the conditions laid down in Part I of this Act?

I assume that my hon. Friend is referring to letters which the Board addressed to the bodies mentioned on 1st December, 1928. These letters called attention to the necessity of securing the strict observance of the provisions of Part I of the Act in question, and there is every reason to suppose that the Board's representations received the fullest consideration. No further action has been taken, and owing to the changed conditions of the trade none appears now to be necessary, as the tendency referred to in the question is said to exist no longer.

May I congratulate my right hon. Friend on his recovery, and can he say whether he is satisfied that Part I of the Act is now being operated satisfactorily?

I think my hon. Friend refers to Part I, and I am quite satisfied that the difficulty has now disappeared.