The cinema and the public: a critical analysis of the origin, constitution, and control of the British Film Institute (1934)

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3. CLAIM TO GOVERNMENT SUPPORT. It is stated in an official document recently issued by the " British Film Institute "* that, "it is neither set up nor controlled by the State, though its aims and constitution have been approved by the Board of Trade." A letter sent to the Press over the signature of its Chairman, the Duke of Sutherland,f also stated that " the constitution and aims of the Institute have been submitted to and approved by the Board of Trade." These statements—like those made regarding the support behind the Commission's report in June, 1932, examined on pages 15—17—may easily confuse the public ; since all the Board of Trade has done is to issue a licence to the Institute under Section 18 of the Companies Act, 1929, similar to the licences it issues to many other companies ; and, as the Controller of the Companies Department of the Board of Trade states in a letter dated December 29th, 1933, " the grant of a licence under Section 18 of the Act to an Association within the scope of the section, does not in itself confer on a company so registered the right to claim or hold itself out to be in receipt of any Government recognition or authority for its acts." " The Board," he also writes in the same letter, " have not been called upon to approve the aims and constitution of the British Film Institute as such." * " The British Film Institute : Its Aims and Objects." | E.g., in The Times, Dec. 23rd, 1933. Page 33