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'Government of Bahrain Annual Report for Year 1358 (February1939 - February 1940)' [‎162v] (82/86)

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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9. Public Works Rs. 20,000.
Upkeep of Government buildings and repairs to roads.
Provided that oil and customs revenue continue to be normal and there ar®
no unexpected demands on the revenue a surplus of Ks. 13,00,000 is anticipated
which will be added to the Reserve.
Special Public Works Rs. 6,21,000.
1. Manamah - Muharraq Bridge Rs. 3,90,000.
It is expected that the bridge will be completed in September. The balance
of the contract price is lis. 3,40,000. An additional Rs. 50,000 has been provided
for raising the approaches on each side of the bridge and for filling in or bridging
the space on each side between the present ends of the sea road and the terminals of
the bridge.
2. Hospital Buildings Rs. 1,50,500.
Provision has been made for completing all the hospital buildings, though it
is doubtful whether it will be possible to do this during the year.
The work includes finishing the Women's Hospital and Nurses' quarters,
completing the Men's Hospital with one large ward on the first floor connected with
the Operating Theatre, building the Surgery Block which includes X-Ray rooms,
operating theatre, stores, etc. and compound walls, gates, garages and staff quarters.'
3. Fort Rs. 15,500.
Work was commenced on East Wall last year ; this is to be completed and
the North East Tower is to be finished. A new Armoury is being built in the
tower and an office on the first floor. The West Wall is the only one which needs
re-building and provision has been made in case this work is undertaken in 1359.
Police Lines Rs. 24,000.
Additional houses are to be built in the married lines; these are needed owing
to the increase in the police strength. The old houses are in many cases ruinous
and insanitary. They were built out of bad material over fifteen years ago.
4. Customs Rs. 13,500.
Extension of the Trolley Lines on the new part of the pier and additional
pier lighting and a small office at the main gate have been allowed for, also
repainting of customs sheds.
5. Technical School Rs. 20,000.
It is intended that the Technical School shall be enlarged during the year
and some additional plant will be needed. Details are to be provided by the report
on Technical Education by the Director of the Baghdad Technical School. The
building itself is not expensive as owing to the nature of the ground little foundation
is needed.
Religious School Rs. 2,000.
The Shia Religious and Law School is held in a hired house. It was intended
last year that a small building should be built for this purpose, but the work was
postponed.
6. Adari Spring Rs. 2,500.
Shelters are to be built around the women's bathing places on the water
channel. These have previously been screened with barastis which do not last
more than one season. The barasti coffee-shop is to be replaced by a stone building
which will produce a good rent during the season.
7. Budeya Garden Rs. 3,000.
It is possible that a new water channel will be built from the garden to the
sea to carry off surplus water. The amount includes cost of sheds for cattle.

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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.

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Foliation: Folios 122-164.

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English in Latin script
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