Guy Burgess at the BBC | The early career of the Cambridge spy
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From: Administrative Officer (Home)
[handwritten note] D.T. Please return to AA (Talks)
Subject: MR. BURGESS: FIRST CLASS TRAVEL
4th November 1943
To: A.A. (Talks) thro' D.T.
[Handwritten note] (not attached in answer to O.B.)
Mr. Burgess alleges in his minute that Luker agreed to his travelling first
class. Is this, please, a fact, and if so was it a general permission or
merely an ad hoc occasion? In point of fact, Mr. Luker had no authority
anyway to agree such a thing, as, under the old organisation, this would
have been in the hands of D.P.A. If, however, Mr. Luker did make a general
commitment, which I should have thought very doubtful, then it may be we
should have to honour it, but D.T. and I ought to see the evidence of the
terms in which it is couched.
Apart from the question of any commitment made by Luker, I think it is
quite clear that there is no case for Mr. Burgess travelling first class
on an occasion such as this. What he does on his private travels is no
concern of the Corporation, and that argument is quite irrelevant. The only
occasions on which, normally, we make exceptions granting first class travel
are either if the member of staff concerned is travelling with some outside
contact who is travelling first class and it is necessary for them to keep
company, or if the journey concerned is an exceptionally arduous or
over-crowded one, e.g. a night journey to Scotland. These conditions do not
appear to apply in the present case.
Incidentally, could Mr. Burgess be requested not to write memoranda on the backs
of expenses sheets?
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Document Type | Internal Memo
04 November 1943
This memo continues the dispute over Burgess' expenses claim for first-class travel. The Administrative Officer dismisses Burgess' claim and lays out the (somewhat labyrinthine) rules for travel undertaken on behalf of the BBC.
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