Skip to main content

Children's Film Foundation

Volume 975: debated on Friday 7 December 1979

The text on this page has been created from Hansard archive content, it may contain typographical errors.

asked the Secretary of State for Trade why he has decided to cut by half the subvention from the Eady levy to the Children's Film Foundation; what consultations he had before making this decision, and with whom; what representations he has had against this decision; and if he will make a statement.

One of the original reasons for making a grant to the Children's Film Foundation from the British film levy (the Eady levy) was to encourage a new generation of cinema-goers. Declining attendances at Saturday morning matinees suggest that a substantial grant from the Eady levy can no longer be justified on these grounds. The foundation has stressed its valuable work overseas and I have therefore suggested that it seeks other sources of finance more appropriate than a levy intended to support the British film industry.In reaching my decision I consulted—as I am obliged to do—the Cinematograph Films Council; and that council in turn received a deputation from the foundation before recommending to me a reduction in the grant from £575,000 last year to £330,000 this year. I have subsequently received a very small number of letters disagreeing with this decision.