§ 11. Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY
asked the Secretary of State for War whether there is any system of censorship of cinematograph films in the occupied territories in Germany in the area occupied by His Majesty's Army; if so, who exercises this censorship; and whether British and American films are subject to the censorship or only German films?
§ Sir L. WORTHINGTON - EVANS
Under an Ordinance of the Inter-Allied Rhineland High Commission the exhibition of films of any nationality is forbidden if they are such as would prejudice public order or endanger the security or dignity of the High Commission or of the Troops of Occupation. In cases of emergency, films which contravene this Ordinance may be seized by order of the military authorities. Films dealing with the late War or those directed against the Army of Occupation are prohibited. Apart from this there is no censorship of films by the Allied authorities.
§ Lieut. - Commander KENWORTHY
Would the right hon. Gentleman answer the second part of the question? I want to know who actually sees these films and decides whether they shall be shown?
§ Sir L. WORTHINGTON-EVANS
The Rhineland High Commission. As stated in my answer, the British military authorities can act in an emergency.
§ Mr. R. MORRISON
Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether any British films have been banned under this ordinance?