Oral Answers to Questions — Uganda (Cinematograph Films).

– in the House of Commons on 29 July 1931.

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Photo of Lieut-Colonel Sir Philip Richardson Lieut-Colonel Sir Philip Richardson , Chertsey


asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that the Uganda Government has decided to prohibit all films which are not suitable for exhibition of all classes of the community; and whether there are any other Colonies where Europeans are compelled to restrict themselves to the same films as appeal to the minds of the native population?

Photo of Dr Thomas Shiels Dr Thomas Shiels , Edinburgh East

I understand that it has always been the policy of the Government of Uganda not to discriminate between films for exhibition to Europeans and non-Europeans, and that there has been no recent change in this respect. The same policy is adopted by the majority of Colonial Governments, and was strongly endorsed in the report of the Colonial Films Committee which was published and presented to Parliament in July, 1930.

Photo of Mr James Horrabin Mr James Horrabin , Peterborough

Can the hon. Gentleman give the House any information as to whether or whore the natives in any part of the Empire, including this island, can see films which are suited to adult minds?