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'File 8/7 I Jidda Intelligence Reports' [‎48v] (96/536)

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The record is made up of 1 file (266 folios). It was created in Jul 1931-Dec 1934. 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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7. The Grand Qadhi’s Office.
8 . The Amir of the Dependencies.
Departments (Dawair) other than the above correspond each with the
(higher) Department {Dana) to which it is attached, and the
principal Department (Daira) correspondents direct with the
Presidency of the Council.
Article 17. —The Ministry o' 1 the Interior {Wazarat ad-DaJchikya) supervises
the following Departments {Dawair)
Ir Health.
2 . Education.
3. Posts and Telegraphs.
4. Quarantine.
5. Central Police.
6 . Sharia Courts (In the cases when these do not depend from the Office of
the Grand Qadhi).
7. The Municipalities.
Article 18.—It is not the intention of the previous article that the Depart
ments {Dawair) should never correspond with His Highness-
the Amir. It is understood that communications received at the
Diwan addressed to the Ministry {Wazir) of the Interior will be sent
to that Ministry {DaJchiliya) without any action being taken con
cerning them by the Diwan.
Article 7.9.—The Viceroy’s Office, as it exists in its present form, will be
divided into two parts :—One section relates to the Ministry {Wazaiat)
of the Interior and will remain in the present office, carrying out the
same duties as at present. the other section relates to the Presidency
of the Council and will be incorporated in it. The Departments
{Dawair) are to be informed when this division has taken place so
that communications concerning the Mimstiy {Wazarat) of the Interior
will be addressed to that Ministry, while those from Departments
{Dawair) attached to the Presidency of the Council will be sent direct
to the Presidency.
Artide 20 - The name of the present Viceroy’s Office will be changed to
Ministry of the Interior ( Wazarat ad-Dakhiliya), while the name of
t\iQ Diwan will become “ Diwan of the Viceroy and of the Presidency
of the Council of Ministers ” {Diwan Naib al ’ Amm wa Riasat
Majlis al Wukalaa).
Article 27.—Transactions requiring the signature of His Royal Highness the
Amir will be classified as follows :—
1 . Documents issued when His Highness is charged with the office of
Viceroy of His Majesty the King in the latter’s absence, which
will be signed “ Viceroy of His Majesy the King ” {Naib al ’Amm
li Jalalat Malik).
2 . Documents issued when His Majesty the King is present and His Royal
Highness is only President of the Council, which will be signed
“ President of the Council of Ministers ” (Rais Majlis al WuMaa).
3. Documents emanating from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Wazarat
al Kharajiya), which will be signed “ Minister of Foreign Affairs ”
(Wazir al Kharijiya).
4. Documents emanating from the Ministry of the Interior, which will be
signed “Minister of the Interior” (Wazir ad-Dakhiliya).
Article 22.—Departments (Dawair) will be notified of this arrangement so
that they may put it into practice in their transactions and in com
munications addressed by them to His Royal Highness the Amir.

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The file contains intelligence reports on the Kingdom of Hejaz, Najd and its Dependencies (after September 1932, Saudi Arabia) written by the British Legation at Jeddah.

Between July 1931 and December 1932 the reports are issued every two months, with the exception of the January-March 1932 and April 1932 reports. From January 1933 the reports are sent on a monthly basis.

Between July 1931 and December 1932, each report is divided into sections, numbered with Roman numerals from I to IX, as follows: Internal Affairs; Frontier Questions; Relations with States outside Arabia; Air Matters; Military Matters; Naval Matters; Pilgrimage; Slavery; and Miscellaneous. Each section is then further divided into parts relating to a particular matter or place, under a sub-heading. Some reports contain an annex.

From January 1933, when the reports become monthly, they take a new format. Each is divided into sections, as follows: Internal Affairs; Frontier Questions and Foreign Relations in Arabia; Relations with Powers Outside Arabia; Miscellaneous (often containing information on slavery and the pilgrimage).

Most reports are preceded by the covering letters from the Government of India, who distributed them to Political Offices 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. and elsewhere, and the original covering letter from the Jeddah Legation, who would send them to the Government of India and Government departments in London. From May 1933, most reports were sent directly 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. at Bahrain from Jeddah.

Up until January 1933, each report began with an index giving a breakdown of the sections with references to the corresponding paragraph number. From January 1933 onwards no index is included.

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1 file (266 folios)

The file is arranged chronologically.

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover and terminates at the back cover; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio. An additional incomplete foliation sequence is also present in parallel between ff 6-11; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled, and are located in the same position as the main sequence.

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