Recreational Films.

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army. – in the House of Commons on 28th July 1942.

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Photo of Mr John Dugdale Mr John Dugdale , West Bromwich

asked the Secretary of State for War whether it is still impossible for units to obtain films for private showing if there is a public cinema within a radius of three miles?

Photo of Sir James Grigg Sir James Grigg , Cardiff East

The agreement between the War Office and the Kinematograph Renters' Society provides that recreational films hired under it shall not be shown within two miles of a public cinema and not three miles, as my hon. Friend suggests.

Photo of Mr John Dugdale Mr John Dugdale , West Bromwich

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that this agreement with a very rich and powerful organisation entails great hardship on soldiers who have to walk four miles and spend considerable sums out of their very small incomes?

Photo of Sir James Grigg Sir James Grigg , Cardiff East

I am aware that there is a case for looking into the matter, and I am looking into it.