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A.D. 1927. return was made, furnish to the Board of Trade a supplementary return relative to the year to which the original return related, giving such particulars as could not have been given in the original return owing to bookings for exhibitions not having been completed. 5
Provisions as to exhibitors'
(3) Any such return as aforesaid may be used for the purpose of ascertaining whether the films entered in the return as having been acquired by the renter making the return were in fact acquired by him for the purpose of renting them to exhibitors for exhibition to the public. 10
(4) Every licensed renter shall also keep a book and shall as soon as practicable record therein the title, registered number, and registered length of every film acquired by him (distinguishing between British and foreign films), the theatres at which each film has been 15 booked for exhibition and the dates for which such bookings are made, and shall when so required produce the book for inspection by any person authorised in that behalf by the Board of Trade.
19.-(1) In the year commencing on the first day of October, nineteen hundred and twenty-eight, and ending on the thirtieth day of September, nineteen hundred and twenty-nine, and in each of the eleven succeeding years, every person who carries on the business of exhibiting 25 registered films to the public shall exhibit at each theatre during the period in any year during which he so exhibits films at that theatre at least such proportion of registered British films as is mentioned with respect to the year in question in Part II. of the Schedule to this 30 Act, and such proportion is hereinafter referred to as the exhibitors' quota, and if the films so exhibited include both long films and short films as hereinbefore defined the requirements of this section must be satisfied as respects the long films so exhibited as well as respects all 35 the films so exhibited.
(2) The proportion of British registered films exhibited during such period as aforesaid at any theatre shall be ascertained by comparing
(a) the aggregate arrived at by adding together the 40 products of the total number of feet of each
registered British film which has been exhibited A.D. 1927.
(b) the aggregate arrived at by adding together the
(3) If in any year an exhibitor fails to comply with
20.-(1) On and after the first day of October, Prohibition nineteen hundred and twenty-eight, and until the against 20 thirtieth day of September, nineteen hundred and forty, carrying on no person shall carry on the business of exhibiting exhibitor registered films to the public in any theatre unless he unless holds a licence for the purpose in respect of that licensed theatre from the Board of Trade:
Provided that where an application for such a licence has been made, it shall be lawful for the applicant to carry on the business in any theatre to which the application relates pending the determination of the application.
(2) If any person carries on such business as aforesaid in contravention of this section, he shall be guilty of an offence, and shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding twenty pounds for each day on which he so carries on the business.
21.-(1) Every person who at any time during any Returns and year ending on the thirtieth day of September was a records. licensed exhibitor shall furnish to the Board of Trade before the first day of the following November a return giving such particulars as may be prescribed with respect 40 to the registered films exhibited by him in each theatre during the year in question, and the dates and number of times on which they were exhibited, in order to enable
A.D. 1927. the Board of Trade to ascertain whether the requirements of this Part of this Act with respect to the exhibitors' quota have been satisfied by him in respect of the theatre during the year to which the return relates.
(2) Every licensed exhibitor shall also keep at each 5 theatre at which he exhibits films a book, and shall as soon as practicable record therein the title, registered number and registered length of film exhibited by him at the theatre to the public (distinguishing between British and foreign registered films), the dates of all exhibitions 10 of each film and the number of times of exhibition of each film each day during the normal hours in the ordinary pregramme, and every such book shall be open to inspection by any person authorised in that behalf by the Board of Trade as provided for in the following 15 section.
Examination of returns.
Proceedings for failure to comply
with provisions as to quota.
22.-(1) The Board of Trade shall examine every return furnished to them under this Part of this Act, and for the purpose of such examination may call on the 20 renter or exhibitor making the return for such information and explanations as they may think necessary, and may authorise any person appointed by them for the purpose to examine the record books kept by the renter or exhibitor.
(2) Where on submission by the renter or exhibitor or otherwise it appears to the Board of Trade after consultation with the advisory committee hereinafter mentioned in any case where the Board of Trade contemplate the refusal of a certificate that though the 30 requirements of this Part of this Act with respect to the renters' quota or the exhibitors' quota, as the case may be, have not been complied with, the reasons for noncompliance were beyond the control of the renter or exhibitor, they shall issue a certificate to that effect.
23.-(1) Any offence of failing to comply with the provisions of this Part of this Act as to the renters' quota or exhibitors' quota may be prosecuted summarily or on indictment, and
(a) if the accused is proceeded against summarily, 40 he shall on conviction if a renter be liable to a fine not exceeding one hundred pounds, and if
an exhibitor to a fine not exceeding fifty pounds; A.D. 1927.
(b) if the accused is proceeded against on indict-
(2) Proceedings for any such offence as aforesaid
(3) Summary proceedings for the offence of not 10 complying with the requirements of this Part of this Act as to the renters' quota or as to the exhibitors' quota may, notwithstanding anything in the Summary Jurisdiction Acts, be instituted at any time within two years after the commission of the offence in the case of a 15 renter and one year after the commission of the offence in the case of an exhibitor.
24. (1) A licence under this Act shall be granted Provisions by the Board of Trade to any person applying for the as to licence if the applicant is not disqualified for holding a 20 licence as hereinafter provided and if the application is accompanied by such information as the Board may reasonably require to comply with this section and by the prescribed fee.
(2) A person shall not be qualified to hold a licence 25 under this Part of this Act unless he has a place of business within Great Britain.
(3) A licence granted under this section shall remain in force until the expiration of the year ending on the thirty-first day of March or the thirtieth day of 30 September, as the case may be, in respect of which it is granted, unless previous to that date the holder thereof ceases to be qualified for holding a licence.
25. (1) If any person required to make a return Penalties under this Part of this Act fails to make the return for failure 35 within the time within which he is required to make the to make return, or on being so required fails to give any information returns and keep record or explanation respecting the return which it is in his books. power to give, he shall be guilty of an offence, and shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding 40 five pounds for every day during which the default continues.
(2) If any person who is required to keep a book and record therein such particulars as are mentioned in
A.D. 1927. this Part of this Act fails to do so, or when required by a person authorised in that behalf by the Board of Trade to produce the book for inspection at any r asonable time fails to do so, he shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine 5 not exceeding twenty pounds.
Films to which Act applies.
26.—(1) The films to which this Act applies are all
(a) films depicting wholly or mainly news and
(b) films depicting wholly or mainly natural scenery;
(d) films used wholly or mainly by educational
(e) films depicting wholly or mainly industrial or
(f) scientific films, including natural history films. 20
(i) if it appears to the Board of Trade, on appli-
(2) For the purposes of this Act, "serial film or