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Films (Import Duty)

Volume 655: debated on Thursday 8 March 1962

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asked the President of the Board of Trade why the film, "Blessed are the Peacemakers", featuring Pastor Martin Niemoeller, was classified by his Department as not concerned with the advancement of learning and was charged with full Import Duty.

The film was imported by the Peace Pledge Union for the stated purpose of stimulating discussion at group meetings or at other organisations. This intention did not meet the statutory requirement for relief from Import Duty.

asked the President of the Board of Trade, whether he will circulate in the OFFICIAL REPORT a list of the films which have been excused Import Duty as contributing to the advancement of learning, and of these which have been the subject of application and refusal.

This information is not available and its compilation would involve an amount of work which would not be justified.