asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the approximate amount of film used by British cinematograph film producers, including newsreel producers, in 1938; and what will be the approximate annual cost of the new duty on films in respect of such British production?
Figures for 1938 are not available; but returns furnished to the Board of Trade for 1937 showed the amount of blank film used by British film producers to be approximately 58 million feet. Under the Budget Resolutions the Excise Duty chargeable on such film will be equivalent to about ½d. a foot. As, however, my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer is proposing to allow a rebate on any film wasted or rejected as unsuitable for inclusion in the final picture, the duty will, in effect, fall on only a small proportion of the film used in British productions.