§ The Lords have agreed to the third amendment made by the Commons in—
§ Page 29, line 42, at end insert new clause:
§ ".—(1) In the proviso to section 1(3) of the Obscene Publications Act 1959 (which excludes from the scope of that Act anything done in the course of a cinematograph exhibition taking place otherwise than in a private house to which the public are not admitted and anything done in the course of television or sound broadcasting) the words from "a cine 700 matograph exhibition" to "in the course of" shall he omitted.
(2) In section 2 of that Act (prohibition of publication of obscene matter) at the end of subsection (3) there shall be inserted the following subsection—
(3A) Proceedings for an offence under this section shall not be instituted except by or with the consent of the Director of Public Prosecutions in any case where the relevant publication or the only other publication which followed or could reasonably have been expected to follow from the relevant publication took place or (as the case may be) was to take place in the course of a cinematograph exhibition: and in this subsection "the relevant publication" means—
(3) In section 2 of that Act after subsection
(4) there shall be inserted the following sub-section—
(4A) Without prejudice to subsection
(4) above, a person shall not be proceeded against for an offence at common law—
(4) At the end of section 2 of that Act there shall be added the following subsection—
(7) In this section "cinematograph exhibition" means an exhibition of moving pictures produced on a screen by means which include the projection of light.".
(5) In section 3 of that Act (which among other things makes provision for the forfeiture of obscene articles kept for publication for gain) at the beginning of subsection (3) there shall be inserted the words "Subject to subsection (3A) of this section" and at the end of that subsection there shall be inserted the following subsection—
(3A) Without prejudice to the duty of a court to make an order for the forfeiture of an article where section 1(4) of the Obscene Publications Act 1964 applies (orders made on conviction), in a case where by virtue of subsection (3A) of section 2 of this Act
proceedings under the said section 2 for having an article for publication for gain could not be instituted except by or with the consent of the Director of Public Prosecutions, no order for the forfeiture of the article shall be made under this section unless the warrant under which the article was seized was issued on an information laid by or on behalf of the Director of Public Prosecutions.".
(6) In section 4 of that Act (defence of public good) at the beginning of subsection (1) there shall be inserted the words "Subject to subsection (I A) of this section" and at the end of that subsection there shall be inserted the following subsection—
(1A) Subsection (1) of this section shall not apply where the article in question is a moving picture film or soundtrack, but—
(7) At the end of section 4 of that Act there shall be added the following subsection—
(3) In this section "moving picture soundtrack" means any sound record designed for playing with a moving picture film, whether incorporated with the film or not.".
With the following amendment No. 14: after "where" in subsection (3A), insert
the article in question is a moving picture film of a width of not less than sixteen millimetres and
§ Mr. John
I beg to move, That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said amendment.
When we discussed this matter on Report the right hon. and learned Member for Wimbledon (Sir M. Havers) raised an anxiety relating to the giving of the consent of the Director of Public Prosecutions and the work load which might be imposed upon him in consequence of the clauses then proposed. The amendment will have the effect of avoiding the Director's having to be involved in giving consent every time 8 mm films, as opposed to films of 16 mm and above, are involved. The police can then seize on their own initiative and own warrant 8 mm films.
This will not avoid the benefit which I believe we conferred upon the film industry by bringing the showing of films 702 within the Obscene Publications Acts. At the same time, I believe that it avoids a great deal of the work load which we might have imposed upon the Director had we continued with the unqualified width of film.
§ Sir Michael Havers
I cannot resist at least saying that it is nice to be found to be right once. I was rather shot down when I raised this point on Report. The Minister told me that he totally disagreed with me. The only other thing that I am waiting for is an invitation to hospitality from the Director's staff for all the work I have saved them.
§ Question put and agreed to.