Film Quota Defaulters (Prosecutions)

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 8th April 1954.

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Photo of Mr Stephen Swingler Mr Stephen Swingler , Newcastle-under-Lyme 12:00 am, 8th April 1954

asked the President of the Board of Trade how many prosecutions have now been initiated against film quota defaulters for the year 1951–52.

Photo of Mr Peter Thorneycroft Mr Peter Thorneycroft , Monmouth

Proceedings have begun in three cases. Counsel is advising in a number of further cases and some are receiving consideration in Scotland.

Photo of Mr Stephen Swingler Mr Stephen Swingler , Newcastle-under-Lyme

As there were over 1,000 cases of exhibitors failing to fulfil in this year the quota of 30 per cent. of feature films, does the right hon. Gentleman regard this as satisfactory action?

Photo of Mr Peter Thorneycroft Mr Peter Thorneycroft , Monmouth

I think the hon. Gentleman is mixing up failure to fulfil the basic quota with offences under the Act. They are separate things.