Oral Answers to Questions — Propaganda Films.

– in the House of Commons on 4th March 1941.

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Photo of Sir John Crowder Sir John Crowder , Finchley

asked the Minister of Information how many propaganda films are being shown in the London cinemas at the present time; and whether arrangements could be made for at least one such film to be shown at each performance?

Photo of Hon. Harold Nicolson Hon. Harold Nicolson , Leicester West

Arrangements have been made with the Cinematograph Exhibitors' Association for the inclusion in each programme in almost every cinema theatre throughout the country, including the London area, of a short Ministry propaganda film. In addition there are many longer films of propaganda value made by commercial producers either for, or in co-operation with, the Ministry. These are regularly released and shown by cinemas in the ordinary course of their business, but it would be impossible without a great deal of research to say how many of all types are running in London cinemas at the present time.

Photo of Sir John Crowder Sir John Crowder , Finchley

Is the Minister satisfied with the arrangements made?

Photo of Hon. Harold Nicolson Hon. Harold Nicolson , Leicester West

My right hon. Friend is never satisfied that all arrangements are perfect, but the arrangements now made are a great improvement on the former ones.

Photo of Mr Philip Noel-Baker Mr Philip Noel-Baker , Derby

Is it not a fact that these films have a great success both at home and abroad?