§ 4. Mr. Dormand
asked the Secretary of State for Trade what proposals he has concerning financial assistance to the British film industry; and if he will make a statement.
§ The Under-Secretary of State for Trade (Mr. Reginald Eyre)
At my right hon. Friend's request, a senior official is carrying out an urgent review of a number of aspects of the film industry, including the question of financial assistance.
§ Mr. Dormand
Does not the Minister agree that the best of British film makers are as good as any in the world and that from an economic point of view, apart from an artistic point of view, they ought to be encouraged? The reply which the Minister has just given is extremely disappointing. How soon will recommendations be made about the second report of the Interim Action Committee on the Film Industry, which reported only last week, particularly on the Eady levy?
§ Mr. Stokes
If aid must go to the British film industry, will my hon. Friend make quite sure that it does not go to support indecent productions?
§ Mrs. Renée Short
What positive steps will the Government take in order to support and encourage independent 885 British film producers who have produced very good films in the past?