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African Colonies (Films)

Volume 389: debated on Wednesday 19 May 1943

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he has under consideration, for the benefit of the rural indigenous population in the African Colonies, any plans to set up a small permanent central organisation, under expert guidance, for the production and distribution of good quality educational and entertainment films and the training of competent African commentators for rental by approved public bodies or individuals; and whether there is any permanent system of censorship on films imported into these territories?

The question of the use of films in adult education is being examined by my Education Advisory Committee and I will pass on my hon. and gallant Friend's suggestion to that committee for their consideration. Since October, 1939, however, a Colonial film unit of the Ministry of Information under the joint supervision of that Department and the Colonial Office has produced 69 films specially designed for African audiences. The question whether this organisation should be placed on a permanent basis will be considered later. The answer to the last part of the Question is in the affirmative.