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Television (Feature Films)

Volume 884: debated on Thursday 23 January 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade whether he will introduce legislation exacting a levy on the showing of feature films on television to provide additional funding for the making of British films.

As the Prime Minister has already announced, the television authorities have been asked to consider sympathetically the recommendations made to my right hon. Friend in a report by the Cinematograph Films Council which include a proposal for such a levy. While taking proper account of the interests of the television industry, representatives of both interests have been asked to consider proposals for action and to report in the near future. We should want to await that report before any consideration is given to the desirability of legislation.