asked the President of the Board of Trade what amount in dollars has been paid to the U.S.A. in respect of the exhibition of American films in this country during each year since the present Cinematograph Films Act began to operate; and whether he has any immediate plans to increase the production of British films.
The reply to the first part of the Question is given below. With regard to the second part, I would refer my hon. Friend to the statement made by my hon. Friend the Secretary for Overseas Trade in last Friday's Debate on the Motion for the Adjournment.
Following is the information:
The following are the approximate amounts remitted to the U.S.A. in respect of the exhibition of American films in the British Isles during each period specified:
|Period.||Amount in Dollars. Million.|
|Year to October, 1938||…||35|
|Year to October, 1939||…||35|
|Year to October, 1940||…||19|
|Year to October, 1941||…||23|
|Year to October, 1942||…||34|
|Year to October, 1943||…||106|
|Year to October, 1944||…||62|
|Nine months to July, 1945||…||53|