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Independent Television (Films)

Volume 656: debated on Tuesday 27 March 1962

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asked the Postmaster-General if, in view of the unreasonable proportion of non-British Films being shown on independent television, he will take steps to ensure that the same minimum proportion of British films are shown on television circuits as are legally requisite in cinemas.

No. Section 3 (1) (d) of the Television Act already places upon the I.T.A. the duty to satisfy themselves that, so far as possible, proper proportions of the recorded and other matter included in the programmes are of British origin and British performance. The I.T.A. watch this closely. I have enquired as to the proportion of British cinematograph films shown on independent television during the last month: the proportion is more than three-quarters.