Officers (Pipe Smoking in Public).

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Air Force. – in the House of Commons on 15th October 1941.

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Photo of Captain Leonard Plugge Captain Leonard Plugge , Rochester Chatham

asked the Secretary of State for Air the reasons governing the regulation that Royal Air Force officers must not smoke pipes in public?

Photo of Mr Harold Balfour Mr Harold Balfour , Isle of Thanet

The practice referred to, while generally discouraged, is not the subject of any regulation in the Royal Air Force.

Photo of Major Sir Frank Markham Major Sir Frank Markham , Nottingham South

Why should it be discouraged? Is it not a direct reflection on the officers of one Service against those of another?

Photo of Mr Harold Balfour Mr Harold Balfour , Isle of Thanet

There is no question of disciplinary action or of regulation. It is a matter of taste and opinion.

Photo of Major Sir Frank Markham Major Sir Frank Markham , Nottingham South

Surely it is going to the limit of absurdity that in these little matters there should be this dictatorial and didactic attitude on the part of senior officers?

Photo of Mr Harold Balfour Mr Harold Balfour , Isle of Thanet

There is no dictatorial attitude. I have made it clear that there is no question of discipline or regulation. It is a matter left purely to the taste of the officers.

Photo of Mr Jack Lawson Mr Jack Lawson , Chester-le-Street

Would the Air Ministry be just as pleased to see a man smoke a pipe in public as a cigarette?