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Film Industry

Volume 932: debated on Monday 16 May 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade whether he is aware of the dissatisfaction which exists amongst distributors and exhibitors of films with regard to their inadequate representation on the newly-appointed Film Industry Interim Action Committee; and whether he will take action to remedy this.

As my right hon. Friend announced to the House on 22nd July 1976, if the chairman is to have a compact team to assist him, membership cannot be representational.The committee has a duty to consult widely with the industry and in this way distributors, exhibitors and others will be able to represent their interests fully.

asked the Secretary of State for Trade whether he is satisfied with the state of the British film industry; and what conclusions he has reached with regard to further Government intervention in its affairs.

No, and as my right hon. Friend announced on 29th April 1977 in reply to the hon. Member for Ealing, North (Mr. Molloy), he has appointed a committee under the chairmanship of my right hon. Friend the Member for Huyton (Sir H. Wilson) to consider the position and advise on the achievement of a viable and prosperous British film industry over the next decade.—[Vol. 930, c. 479–80.]