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‘File 4/2 (1.a/50) M.E.I.C. publicity’ [‎17r] (35/54)

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The record is made up of 1 file (25 folios). It was created in 13 Aug 1939- 26 Jun 1943. It was written in English. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers.


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1 lie Political Sub Committee of the Middle ijaatam War
Council, at its meeting on 31st .arch 43, approved in principl
the establishment of a "political iCitel-'igence Centre, Mioale
he main task of the Centre villi be to provide collatec
! a Ik an political and economic intelligence to th'e Services
and Departments concerned. It will assume such of the present
responsibilities and functions of .E.I.C. as ai-e considerea
still necessary. It vail continue to supply co-ordinated
political and general intelligence on the ..Iddle is&stern
countries based on collated intelligence x V iitiis L gq C j «>•
representatives in the l.iddle niast and oy C»I*C # ^ Iraq. ^ it
will also continue to supply general background information,
based on collated information received from all sources, to
those recipients formerly receiving such information from
» » X ♦ c«
2m xhe Political Intelligence Centre 1.1 .E* came into being
o 1 i.lay 1943. All information and correspondence formerly
adcressed to ..II.l.C. should now be addressed to P # I ,C.,
telegraphic address PICIL j I , i- J. deast.
3. (a) iiie Combined Intelligence Centre, Iraq, will remain
as at present. #
(b) security Intelligence, i .idcile nast, vrlll be indepen
dent of the political Ihtelli ence Centre,
(c) .he necessary portions of the present establishment
of .iS.I.C. vd.ll be incorporated in the Political
Intelligence Centre.
4, ilie above changes will affect the aunmaries at present
issued by .S .I .C., and there may be some interruption, xhe
issue of Summaries to cover the information described in
paragraph 1» above v/ill, however5 oe started as ear 1,7 a^
Sd/- Illegible.
for D .C.G.S.
1 i. ay 43,
Do we send copies of our Intelligence 3immaries to^iiSIC?
If so, pl« note that they are to be sent in future to PiC,iiB,
ideast. Then return this as I want to send to
It Id. B.i.V/.

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The file is about a change in administrative arrangements, following receipt of a general instruction in 1939, to send all future intelligence summaries to the new Middle East Intelligence Centre (M.E.I.C.) at Cairo.

The file contains confidential, secret and most secret copy letters and telegrams, mainly from Trenchard Craven William Fowle ( Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. ) to the Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. , Bahrain. The correspondence begins with a request from Fowle, asking the Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. , Bahrain to start sending copies of his fortnightly intelligence summaries to the newly opened M.E.I.C. Both this request and subsequent correspondence contains detailed instructions about the secure communication of intelligence reports and summaries between British officials in the Arab Gulf States and the Intelligence Centre at Cairo, including the use of cyphers and code words. The copy correspondence includes a secret telegram (T. No. 9276 dated 19 April 1941) and a most secret memorandum ( M.E.I.C./1/59 dated 21 April 1941) from the Intelligence Centre, containing instructions about the use of the code word ‘Steel’ in messages to indicate that information has been supplied by a most secret source (ff.13-17).

The file also includes copies of six printed distribution lists with the security classification ‘Most Secret’, for the circulation of intelligence summaries compiled by the Political Intelligence Centre Middle East, May-June 1943.

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1 file (25 folios)

The file contains ten items of correspondence (ff.1-17), followed by six distribution lists, all arranged in chronological order. The notes at the end of the file contain a chronological list of the second half of the file contents (ff.13-24).

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Foliation: numbered 1 to 26 in the top right hand corner. The numbering starts at the front of the file, on the first file enclosure (f.1) and ends on the inside cover at the back of the file (f.26). The front file cover is not foliated.

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