Mr Henry Strauss: The answer to that question depends on what the hon. Member means by "the channels of distribution." The existing Act would, if the conditions of the Act were satisfied, enable the Monopolies Commission to investigate the supply of goods of any description, and goods include newspapers.
Mr Henry Strauss: What the Monopolies Commission can look into is determined by the statute, and that I have explained in answer to the previous supplementary question. If the right hon. Gentleman is concerned about the influence of the recent Television Act, questions on that subject should be addressed to the Assistant Postmaster-General.
Mr Henry Strauss: I said, "If the conditions set out in the Act were satisfied." If the hon. Gentleman has any evidence to put before me that these conditions are satisfied with regard to the industry described, I shall certainly be glad to consider it.
Mr Henry Strauss: As I told the House on 7th July, my right hon. Friend received this report on 19th June, 1954.
Mr Henry Strauss: Any question on the action to be taken on this report is one for the Minister of Works.
Mr Henry Strauss: I regret that I cannot add to what my right hon. Friend said in answer to the hon. Member's Question on 5th March, 1954.
Mr Henry Strauss: As the hon. Gentleman knows, the Board of Trade would like to see more industries in this locality but we have no power to direct them, and, as my right hon. Friend explained to him, industry is not easily attracted to this town when there are places not far off which are more attractive.
Mr Henry Strauss: There is a later Question on the Order Paper on that subject.
Mr Henry Strauss: The new company has not yet been formed.
Mr Henry Strauss: There has been no change of plans at all. The matter is under consideration by the National Film Finance Corporation. I cannot give a date by which this will be accomplished but the answers previously given on this subject remain true.
Mr Henry Strauss: Yes, the stopping of the losses of the British Lion Film Corporation on the scale on which it was previously losing money.
Mr Henry Strauss: I cannot yet add to the answers which I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Cheadle (Mr. Shepherd) on 1st June and 27th July last.
Mr Henry Strauss: The position in regard to the British Lion Corporation is under discussion between the National Film Finance Corporation and the Board of Trade. Meanwhile no injury has been done to the interests of British film production.
Mr Henry Strauss: I dealt with that question in the answers to which I have referred.
Mr Henry Strauss: Perhaps my hon. Friend will put that question down.
Mr Henry Strauss: By appropriate use of the powers conferred by the Distribution of Industry Acts, 1945 and 1950, and Section 14 (4) of the Town and Country Planning Act. 1947, and by advice to industrialists wishing to establish new factories.
Mr Henry Strauss: The right hon Gentleman is aware of the complexity of this problem. The control of this matter by licensing was replaced by the method under the Town and Country Planning Act by a decision taken in the lifetime of the previous Government, and was, I think, inevitable unless building licensing were to be permanent.
Mr Henry Strauss: The powers are those that I stated. Even before the formal abolition of building licences, the method of inducing industry to go to specific places was that started and developed in the lifetime of the previous Government.
Mr Henry Strauss: As my right hon. Friend told the hon. Member on 1st April last, the Board of Trade has never issued such a list.
Mr Henry Strauss: If, on the information given to me, I find that I have given an inaccurate answer, I shall certainly come to the House and apologise. I have given an answer based on the information given to me.