Examination of Witnesses (Questions 380
TUESDAY 6 MARCH 2001
JONES OBE, MS
380. Do you think the Government could do more
to assist the film industry in Wales?
(Mr Jones) Again, without being drawn into the taxation
issues, I note that the Irish film industry has developed very
strongly, probably as a direct result of some taxation benefits.
I think in Ireland they called it the Section 35 Relief Scheme.
That has made a big difference to Irish film making. I do not
know whether we could envisage something like that in Wales. Would
it not be wonderful if the Treasury would implement something
like that in Wales? I am not holding my breath.
381. Post-devolution, do you think it makes
more sense for Welsh bodies to have a greater role in promoting
Wales abroad, or would that cause confusion?
(Mr Jones) I think that we all have our part to play
here, particularly one of the major British institutions like
the BBC. The BBC does promote Wales abroad. We would not have
a platform were it not for the access and the coverage that something
like the BBC gives us. We are there. How do we improve on this
image? The ethos and the change in thinking within the BBC will
encourage more of this in the future.
(Ms Richards) Clearly the BBC's principal role is
to make programmes. Our understanding of the audience and our
close relationship with it does put us in a very strong position,
if not to act as a catalyst for a number of organisations in bringing
this sense of partnership together, then certainly to have a real
understanding of what it is that Wales can offer.
Chairman: Thank you very much indeed for coming