Oral Answers to Questions — Film Censorship

– in the House of Commons on 10th November 1942.

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Photo of Sir Waldron Smithers Sir Waldron Smithers , Chislehurst

asked the Home Secretary who appoints the film censor and what qualifications are required?

Photo of Mr Osbert Peake Mr Osbert Peake , Leeds North

The censorship of films is undertaken by the British Board of Film Censors. The Board was set up many years ago by agreement within the cinematograph industry which appoints the President. The present President is Lord Tyrrell, who, I understand, satisfies himself as to the qualifications of the four examiners responsible for examining the films under his general direction.

Photo of Sir Waldron Smithers Sir Waldron Smithers , Chislehurst

While thanking the Under-Secretary for that reply, the whole of which I could not hear, is it not a fact that the Film Controller is in reality more or less the nominee of the film industry, and will he take steps to get the film control under more independent persons?

Photo of Mr Osbert Peake Mr Osbert Peake , Leeds North

The present system has existed now for a great number of years and has operated, I think, to the general satisfaction of all parties.