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'Administration Report of the Persian Gulf for the Year 1937' [‎31v] (62/72)

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The record is made up of 1 file (34 folios). It was created in 1938. 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 Documents collected in a private capacity. .


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mrXi™ [ } y • e - S0 "' aS has been reputed, is that the financial oi tho Jmam is not very prosperous owing to a serious decline in
his revenues consequent upon the heavy fall in the price of dates, on the exaort
' "hich the prosperity ot the Oman ahnost entirely depends. The news of
the Oil oonoession recently granted by the Sultan to Petroleum Concessions
Limited has, it is believed, penetrated throughout the State and it is on-*-.
provable that Shaikh 'Isa's visit Was connected with the object of shariiVin
the spoils the extent of which has no doubt been exaggerated in nrnnr, r
to the distance the news has travelled. Though the Sultan denied thit
oil matters were referred to by Shaikh 'Isa the latter did all'her fa^
in what was m all probability the real reason of his trip from the mterinr-1
hnancial assistance—as the Sultan admitted ruefullv that thp vicit i • i
Rs^ than ' C0St him PreSent8 ^
fromlhaiK t ^ ^ ^ ^
That the situation in the Oman is in a state of flux appears fairly
but whether this visit of the leading personage therein to tho pvon
cated nominal Ruler of the country means the beginning of the bre-il' 111111 f
KnW 'nam's authority and controf over the tribefof the int^or ^ichVe
a^Zr: dSfmarr
In IMareh the Sultan in accordance with Article 23 nf
notice of his desire to revise the Treaty and the Political Aaent wa. 80^,^^
to act as negotiator on behalf of His Majesty's Government After n 1
of discussions the Sultan's draft for tlJrevfsed
GovernmlX 10 Pohtieal Res ident for submission to His Majesty 's
T r „J rhe Sul t an , has P" 4 for/ard many important proposals in his draft
Treaty in which complete fiscal and tariff autonomy is claimed Ti
important privilege of extra territoriality enjoyed by British suW«t'<.
the existing Treaty is, however, left untouched in the^new Treaty J r
5. (J:I Concession.—In .June the Sultan with the approval of His Maiestv's
Government commenced negotiations for an Oil Concession for his State with
Petroleum ( oiice>sions Limited, a company principally British in comnosi
ion, whose registered office is in London. After less than 3 weeks ZothT
tions which is probably a record for celerity in such a matter and whichtas
due in considerable measure to the ability and skill of the neffotiptr l^
senting the Company, Mr. B. J. Lermite! the Sultan Sned Ct eeZni
giving the exclusive right to prospect for and exploit oil in his ArabianT v
tones to Petroleum Concessions Limited. The Concession was in two Parte
s,": iz:r' •° d 161 for "»——«
The enclave of Gwadur, a small dependencv of Muqmf Sfafo 1
the coast of British Baluchistan, was net included in the above concessions
for this area ^ Were n0t lntere6ted in and consequently did not apply
0. Judicial Judicial matters form the subject of a separate report.
1 . 7 rade. Imports and exports during the year 1936-37 showed a slight
Imports. Exports..
1935-36 ^ s ' ^ s '
1930-37 38,37,835 32,64,948
rpi • ' \ i- ^ ' r 44,65,861 32,41,641
The principal articles of export continued to be dry and wet dates and
dued fish, whilst imports were chiefly composed of rice, flour, coffee textiles
sugar, spices, wmes and liquors. whiles.

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The file consists of Administration Report of the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. for the Year 1937 (New Delhi: Government of India Press, 1938).

The Report, prepared by the 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. , summarises important information relating to the Gulf and notable events in the Gulf during 1937. The Report contains a review by the 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. , and separate sections on each of the agencies, consulates, and other areas that made up the Residency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. . The information provided includes lists of personnel, movements of British officials and foreigners, local administration, military and naval matters, aviation, the political situation, trade and commerce, medical reports, meteorological reports, and related information.

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1 file (34 folios)

There is a list of contents at the front of the Report, on folio 3.

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Foliation: the foliation system in use commences at 1 on the front cover, and continues through to 36 on the back cover. The sequence is written in pencil, enclosed in a circle, and appears in the top right hand corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. page of each folio.

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