Yesterday in Parliament
24 July 2007
The government pledged to protect an archive of film and television footage rated as one of the best in the world.
The British Film Institute's national archive contains 150,000 films and around 625,000 television programmes featuring the great actors and directors of British cinema.
The culture secretary, James Purnell, told MPs the archive was a 'national treasure' and it was safe in the government's hands.