asked the President of the Board of Trade if he can state the total number of persons prosecuted to date for non-compliance with the quota provisions of the Cinematograph Films Act, 1927; how many convictions have been secured; and whether the total amount of costs and fines imposed and recovered has been sufficient to discharge the total costs and expenses of the legal proceedings instituted by his Department?
The answers to the first and second parts of the question are 56 and 46, respectively; in addition to-the 46 convictions five cases were dealt with under the Probation of Offenders Act. The total amounts of costs recovered and fines imposed in all the cases were £445 8s.1d. and £439?s., respectively. The total cost incurred by the Department, including travelling expenses of witnesses, was approximately £550.