Batmen (Duties)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Air Force – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 2nd November 1955.

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Mr. Ward:

I am sure the hon. Gentleman would agree that there is no reason why a married officer should be penalised just because he is married. Therefore, it is fair and logical that married officers should have the batman service which single officers enjoy. What we have now done is to remind commanding officers that these services should be confined to those which single officers get in mess. There have, for a long time, been perfectly workable and agreeable arrangements whereby an officer may ask his batman to undertake special extra duties in his spare time and offer to remunerate him accordingly. If the batman agrees, there is no reason why we should interfere.