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'Government of Bahrain Annual Report for Year 1358 (February1939 - February 1940)' [‎155v] (68/86)

The record is made up of 1 volume (42 folios). It was created in 1940. 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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B. Native Craft. The collections on cargoes imported by native craft
shew an increase over 1357 by Rs. 12,718 In general the traffic is steady
and tends to increase, as there is believed to be increasing activity in the movement
of cargoes, particularly from Iraq. I give a comparison of such visits to this port.
Origin.
Year 1357.
Year 1358.
• • »
Rs.
Rs.
Africa
15
4
India
73
39
Oman Coast
183
212
Iran Coast
317
366
Arabian Mainland
719
626
Kuwait
65
57
Iraq . ....
119
123
Totals
1,491
1.427
The seasonal visits from Africa and India have decreased; and this is thought
to be accounted for by the general competitive lowering of freights by the B.I.S.N.
Coy. Visits from Oman and Iraq have increased, as this port is still favoured by
such craft as an entrepot for traffic with the mainland of Arabia. It is believed
that craft from the mainland now proceed direct to Iraq for their grain; and it will
be remembered that only in Bahrain is there a Food Controller covering the exports
of food since the outbreak of war; and it is possible that certain mainland craft
avoid Bahrain on this account. Kuwait craft often purchase grain in Iraq, and
call at Basrah if unable to sell their cargoes on the mainland. Traffic between
Bahrain and Qatar is still suspended.
It may perhaps be anticipated that, on account of the Food Control system,
the traffic with the mainland for some time will be reduced; but other ports in the
mainland are not subject to this control, and consequently their traffic will continue.
C. Parcels Post. The collections from this source have increased by
lis. i ,145, and while the number of parcels does not appear to increase markeclly,
the value of the imports is greater, mainly because of imports by the personnel of
1 he Bahrain Petroleum Coy. ijtd. This Parcels Post is of great service to the
community, and is regularly used by certain importers.
G. Import Yard. These receipts have increased by Rs. 19,152, and this is
consistent with the larger number of packages imported by steamers. It will be
remembered that in 1357 the old rates of Khanchia were abolished, and a new rate
of one anna per cubic foot was instituted. This has proved to be a great success in
simplifying work and enabling importers to estimate their costs. It might perhaps
have been thought that this new rate would result in a considerable increase in
collections, and therefore a reduction might be justified; but such does not appear
to be the case. The Government has not suffered loss, and the importers are gainers
by equality of treatment. Nor, for the same reason, does there appear to be any
necessity to reduce the stampage on Customs Bills.
2. Pearling Licenses.
In 1356, in view of the poor pearling seasons, the rate of collections from
Pearling Licenses was halved; but the amount of the Budget Estimate (Rs. 34,500)
was unchanged. This estimate was reduced in 1357 to Rs. 24,500, yet the
collections of Ks. 13,353 showed a decrease of Rs. 11,147. If the estimate had been
halved down to Rg. 17,250, there would still be a decrease of Rs. 3,897. which
clearly indicates the present condition of the pearling industry.

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This volume is the Annual Report of the Government of Bahrain for the year 1358 AH (1939-1940) and gives te details of the Revenue and Expenditure of the Bahrain State and contains notes on the activities of the various Government departments, as well as the budget 1359 and some particulars of importance which took place in Bahrain during the year. It includes text, photographic images and tables. The report appears to be compiled from reports from various Government departments and officials. An Index appears on folio 122r, followed by a General Review by Charles Dalrymple Belgrave, dated April 1940 (folio 125r).

The contents are divided into the following sections and sub-sections:

  • Budget 1358 (folios 126r-127v);
  • Summary of Revenue and Expenditure 1358 (folio 128r);
  • Statetment of Revenue and Expenditure 1358 (folio 128v);
  • Notes on Revenue 1357 (folio 129r);
  • Notes on Expenditure 1357 (folios 129r-130v): Allowances to Ruling Family, Adviserate, Customs Department, Judicial, Awkaf [Awqāf] and Minors Departments, Public Works Department, Land Department, Passport Department, Oil Gauging, Transport Department, Public Health, Education, Municipalities, Agriculture, Departmental expenses, Unforseen, Public Protection, Armaments, Transport, King [‘Abd al-‘Azīz bin ‘Abd al-Raḥmān bin Fayṣal Āl Sa‘ūd] Ibn Sa'ud's visit, Food Supplies, and Public Works (Manamah-Muharraq Swing Bridge, Hospital Building, Manamah Pier extension, Pier Trolley Lines, Fort, Education Department, Transport Department, Passport Office, Miscellaneous, Mosque at Hawar, Kozabia House, Budeya Garden drainage, Annual Repairs, and Road Repairs);
  • The Pearl Industry (folios 130v-131v): The Pearl Industry and Pearl Propaganda;
  • Police and Public Security (folios 132r-133v): Police Administration (Strength, Recruitment, Routine, Defence Duties, Health of the Police, Infant Welfare Clinic, Mounted Sections, Machine Gun Section and Motor Bicycle Section, Buildings, Promotions and Appointments), Naturs, Traffic Control and Crime;
  • Public Health (folios 133v-139r): Appointment of Staff, The Village Dispensaries, Health (Malaria, Eye disease, Ear diseases, Respiratory disease, Pulmonary Tuberculosis, Venereal disease, Small-Pox, Alimentary diseases, Rheumatic disease, and Gynaecological and Obstetrical diseases), Medical examination of school children (Boys' Schools and Girls' Schools), Health of the Police (Infant Welfare Clinic and Prisoners' Health) and Malaria;
  • Land Registration Department (folio 139r): Registrations, Iranian Property, Island Beacons, and Survey Students;
  • Judicial (folio 139v): Bahrain Courts and Bahrain Small Courts;
  • Municipalities (folio 140r): Anti-Malaria Measures, Widening and Constructing town roads, New Road, Water Cart, Road Metalling, Lease of Markets, Swamp Reclamation, and Miscellaneous;
  • Wakf [Waqf] Department (folio 140v): Shia Wakf Department and Sunni Wakf Department;
  • Education (folios 140v-141r): School Reforms and appointment of Director of Education, Technical Schools, and Female Education;
  • Minors Department, (folios 141r-141v);
  • Food Control, report by A C Byard (folios 142r-143v);
  • King Ibn Sa'ud's Visit to Bahrain (folios 143v-145r);
  • Passport Department (folios 145r);
  • Public Works Department (folios 145r-148r): Recurrent Expenditure, Non-Recurrent Expenditure (Manamah Muharraq Causeway and Bridge, Manamah Pier Extension, State Hospital, Fort, Government Schools, Transport Building, Passport Office and Post Office, New entrance and stairs at Manamah Palace, and Hawar Mosque), Works not provided for in 1358 budget (Rifle Range, Jida Island, Idari Spring, Hedd Girls' School and Om Ashaoom Spring);
  • General (folios 148r-148v): New Appointments, Local Newspaper and Cinema, H.H.'s visit to India, Press and Broadcast propaganda, Catholic Church, Government Rest House, Appointment of a Governmental Representative with the Oil Company, and Shaikh Mohomed bin Isa's [Muḥammad bin ‘Īsá Āl Khalīfah] visit to New York;
  • Electric Department (folios 148v-150): Electricity Department (Wiring Contracts, Temporary Wiring, Main Extensions, Alteration to Mains, and Air Conditioning), Government Telephone Department, Transport Department, Fire Department, Traffic Section, Government Technical School, New Government Hospital - Naim, Anti Malaria Campaign, Oil Royalty and other gauging, Muharraq Bridge, Financial Position, Electricity Charges, and Prospects for 1359;
  • Profit and Loss Account (folio 151r).
  • Revenue Account (folio 151v);
  • Balance Sheet (folio 152r);
  • Statement of Energy Sold (folio 152v);
  • Customs Department, report by Mr C C L de Grenier, Director of Customs and Port Officer (folios 153rv-159r);
  • Budget 1359 (folios 160r-161r);
  • Notes on Estimated Revenue 1358 (folios 161v);
  • Notes on Estimated Expenditure 1358: (folios 161v-162v).

Illustrations appear on four folios and they are labelled as follows:

  • Folio 134: 'The Government Hospital, with labels Men’s wing in progress (left) and Women’s wing (right)';
  • Folio 136: 'The Government Hospital: The Women’s Wing from the west';
  • Folio 144: 'H.M. King Ibn Sa’ud inspecting the guard of honour, accompanied by H.H. Shaikh Hamad';
  • Folio 147: 'H.M. King Ibn Sa’ud and H.H. Shaikh Hamad, on the palace’s new flight of steps'.

On the front cover there is an inscription that reads 'Printed at the Times Press, Basrah', as well as a note in pen that reads 'Confidential' (folio 122r).

Extent and format
1 volume (42 folios)
Arrangement

This file contains an index (folio 122r) which references pages of the report.

Physical characteristics

Foliation: Folios 122-164.

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