Mr Henry Strauss: None, Sir. This is not the function either of the Cinematograph Films Council or of the Defaults Sub-Committee.
Mr Henry Strauss: The hon. Gentleman's suggestion that we are not carrying out the Act is either based on misinformation on the facts or a misunderstanding of the statute. The position is that the question whether a prosecution is or is not to be instituted is for the Board of Trade and for the Board of Trade alone. There is a question under Section 13 of the 1938 Act on which we do seek the advice of the...
Mr Henry Strauss: Legislation to amend the Copyright Act, 1911, is necessary before ratification. It has not yet been possible to introduce such legislation.
Mr Henry Strauss: I appreciate the interest taken in this important topic, but I cannot add to my answer.
Mr Henry Strauss: I beg to move, in page 14, line 26, after "Excise," to insert: and local authorities for the purposes of the Weights and Measures Acts, 1878 to 1936. With your permission, Major Anstruther-Gray, it may be for the convenience of the Committee if we consider all the Government Amendments to this Clause together. They are all consequential on the change which the Committee may remember it made...
Mr Henry Strauss: I beg to move, in page 22, line 40, at the end, to add: or, in the case of a contravention of regulations made by the Board of Trade, to the Board. This Amendment is a logical consequence of the change made in Clause 5.
Mr Henry Strauss: I beg to move, in page 27, line 20, after "made," to insert "by the Minister." I think it would be for the convenience of the Committee if with this Amendment we took the two which follow. They are all consequential on the insertion in Clause 5 of the powers of the Board of Trade. That has necessitated some redrafting of this Clause. The first and third Amendments are directly consequential...
Mr Henry Strauss: I beg to move, "That the Clause be read a Second time." This is consequential upon the Amendments by which the Board of Trade is empowered to regulate the labelling of food as regards weight, measure or number. Subsection (1) is in the usual form showing how the Board of Trade acts. Subsection (2) ensures that only weights and measures authorities shall take proceedings in cases of...
Mr Henry Strauss: I beg to move, in page 35, line 10, after "Health," to insert: or, as the case may be, the Board of Trade. This Amendment is consequential upon the Amendment by which the Board of Trade were given powers to make regulations on the labelling of food.
Mr Henry Strauss: No official estimate is available. The best available estimate, made by the Advertising Association, gives the approximate figures of £144 million for 1949 and £230 million for 1953.
Mr Henry Strauss: The right hon. Gentleman will appreciate that his Question asked only for statistical information. On the merits, I think there is no general agreement among economists on this matter, but I do not think it would be advisable to discuss that in Question and answer now.
Mr Henry Strauss: I was careful not to speculate at all on these controversial subjects, but my hon. Friend is quite right that it is a small proportion of the national product that is represented. As regards the difference between the two years, more goods are now being advertised.
Mr Henry Strauss: In answer to a purely statistical question I do not propose to debate a matter which is the subject of dispute among economists, as the right hon. Gentleman knows perfectly well.
Mr Henry Strauss: Since the withdrawal of the Wholesale Clothing Manufacturers' Federation and the British Mantle Manufacturers' Association from the Joint Clothing Council, my right hon. Friend has discussed the situation with the two seceding bodies, the National Union of Tailors and Garment Workers, the Trades Union Congress and the Joint Clothing Council. The seceding bodies have stated that their decision...
Mr Henry Strauss: I thought it best to keep my answer purely factual, but I agree with the right hon. Gentleman that some of the hopes expressed at that time have not been fulfilled. While the agreement between the parties, as then outlined to the House, was accurately described, neither the Government nor anybody else have it in their power to compel people to continue to agree.
Mr Henry Strauss: I do not think it in the least follows that it would be a good thing to recreate the development council.
Mr Henry Strauss: As my right hon. Friend informed the hon. Member on the 1st April last, it is not for the Board of Trade to decide whether any exhibitor is or is not guilty of failure to fulfil his quota obligations under the Cinematograph Films Acts. A court of law alone can decide this question.
Mr Henry Strauss: I will not discuss with the hon. Member either pomposity or bumptiousness. The answer I gave sets out the legal position with accuracy.
Mr Henry Strauss: Not on this Question.
Mr Henry Strauss: Yes, Sir. Waste paper is a valuable raw material, which is now being used at the rate of one million tons a year in the manufacture of paper and of board for packing. This saves foreign exchange and helps to keep our mills in full production. There is also a small but useful export trade.