Oral Answers to Questions — Christmas Pantomime (Miss Barbara Vernon).

– in the House of Commons on 26th November 1936.

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Photo of Mr Harry Day Mr Harry Day , Southwark Central

asked the Minister of Labour whether the application made to him for permission for Miss Barbara Vernon to appear in pantomime at the London Hippodrome was in order; and will he state the reason why it was refused for this particular theatre?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

The application to which the hon. Member refers was refused because I was not satisfied that the part in question—that of principal girl in a Christmas pantomime—could not be filled by a British subject.

Photo of Mr Harry Day Mr Harry Day , Southwark Central

Does the right hon. Gentleman set himself up as an authority as to what artists should fill certain parts?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

I only know that since the decision the part has been filled by a British subject.