When Bateman was contacted by the Committee in March 1940, he was already employed in camouflage work, in which he was unhappy, and he resigned shortly afterwards. He was then given a commission for four pictures for the Ministry of Information, for a fee of £100, on land work subjects (100): ensilage, the women's Land Army, haytime, and mechanical milking. The first three subjects became LD 329, 330 and 409 (all mentioned in (25)) but Bateman found the last subject "very dull" and did not carry it out. He declared himself unhappy with the haytime picture (LD 409, see (29)).
A further commission was offered to Bateman, for two production subjects at Shoeburyness, but he declined due to prior commitments. (This commission was carried out by Kenneth Rowntree)