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National Film Finance Corporation

Volume 983: debated on Thursday 24 April 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he will make it a condition of future grants to the National Film Finance Corporation that it should either give bona fide researchers access to its archives, as is frequent practice among public corporations, or deposit its records with the Public Record Office, the British Film Institute, or another such institution with facilities for preservation and public access.

Though I sympathise with the general objective of making information more widely available, I believe that, in this instance, because questions of commercial confidentiality are involved, the proposed form of access to NFFC archives would be inappropriate.