Film Industry

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 8th March 2004.

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Photo of Julie Kirkbride Julie Kirkbride Conservative, Bromsgrove 2:30 pm, 8th March 2004

The Minister is well aware of the tax reliefs available to the film industry, not least section 42, introduced by the last Conservative Government, which has been enormously successful in boosting the British film industry. She is also aware of the tax reliefs introduced by her Government, which were withdrawn overnight on 10 February in a Treasury press release. Does she recognise the crisis of confidence that has been created for international investors in the British film industry by the overnight withdrawal of those tax reliefs? What representations is she making to the Treasury to ensure that new tax reliefs will be introduced in next week's Budget that are stable, long term and do something to boost investor confidence in the great British success story of the British film industry?