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Coll 54/2 'Middle East (Official) Committee: Working Party' [‎265v] (530/642)

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The record is made up of 1 file (320 folios). It was created in 11 Apr 1949-13 Apr 1950. 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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Before tha v,&r . unskilled labourers y/sre paid
about 8 anns : J a day (- about 9d); the lowest
rate oa'id by the Oil Cp: ; y>^n\ 5.u 3 rup^ey
{- 4/6). Cost of living hr.a increased of
course owing to the enorth)us amount of money
in c irculal 5 on ond hiyhor vo:‘c prices of
foodstu: ; ’f s and -consumer- gc q6 r • but these 5^ Jt
thousands of lower grade workers arc able to
..purchase all kinds of cons tuner goods denied to
then previously 0
Bicycles seemed to co everywhere - mostly ridden
by youths who had given them an Arab colour by
hanging saddle bags over the cress bar.
Wr1st matches
and wireless sets
were In .iauch demand, if the stocks in the shops
#ere a criteria of the extent of purchase.
amt a in pen
The narrev .streets were .noisy o-ith the din of
wire.las? end the jo^tlhp evoeos of choppers*
Everywhere •'••here xan intense cctIvlty•
.j reasonable to say therefore that the advent of the
has produced a wave of inoraased purchasing power
that has enabled thousands of ordinary men and women to
satisfy ’theii* wants to a much greater extent than previously.
T o t h L s e xt e n t ? a x o r m o f s o c 1 a 1 b e 11 o r m e .a t h ar e s u 11 e d
but it will be a few‘years before stable, and Improved
standards of living create new habits and customs, and social
progress can be claimed 0
5o .The Sheikh rul<?o ps ar autocrat rnd is the eolo
recuired for the
d 1 spenser frora the royalt le s o f sum
maintenance of his greatly increased retinue* and his and
their enlarged households and personal expenditure and for
social and other improvements in his Sheikhdom. He is
assisted by a Council of fttate. Thlx Council put schemes
l ‘ore him and he decides what shall be dene* .Improvements,
have certainly been effected, A ne?; hospital has been
.built, although ovxxg tc uv-fis* 'iix".xction several defects
..In construction arc], layout have prevented its .cbmpletion
and occupation; a new Customs House and other dock
buildings have been constructed; o creed road from the
Cuts to ob House to the ccatre la being made and the occupants
of houses demolished in consequence have been adequately
.••.;ed i three largo diameter-drains are being hold
to prevent flooding; the road from the centre to the
is being widened $ now buildings have been.
erected In the Centre; new Police Fcreo hat -bn; on
organised and a'Passport and Bstionality Bapartment bos
been created;; many new schools have been provided - I
was told by one of the She ikh bo Advisers that whereas there
were only about 500 scholars 3 -year;: ego there ore now
nearly 5,000 of whom 1,500 arc girls; there are 100
teachers and an Education Committee Is vofl supported by
an Egyptian Director* apart fro i these .xcrjoeV? paid
for out of ' iyllr- income, other buildini
are in progress* iel'fark of I::" n arc constructing
new premises end a prominent ^erchxnt, 6ho ikh Abdu.U.a
Mull a Saleh (one: of the Ruling 3h-;lbh 0 rx advisers) is
building new offices forjvix -busines;.- ^he Centre. This
Sheikh lis the main agent the irapcrt ; of motor vehicles.
:o There are no doefet signs of
in social prog^s box It x too soon to vnvisaye the form
and •••ixtent of the-Sheikh's .future administration of public
affeir?o If he follcws the p-ttxn'r King Xbn Sau.d,
stem of autocratic 'fill continue alid
the nre.sent sy
it may

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The file contains papers relating to the Working Party of the Middle East (Official) Committee. It mainly consists of Working Party papers received by the Commonwealth Relations Office, and a register of these papers with notes at the back of the file.

The file includes agendas for meetings of the Working Party. It also includes papers circulated to members of the Working Party for consideration at meetings, relating to the following subjects: economic and social development in the Middle East in general; the Iraq Central Development Board; the question of an International Bank Loan for Iraq; a visit to Bahrain in January/February 1949 by Matthew Thomas Audsley; the Persian [Iranian] Seven-Year Plan; employment of British experts in the Middle East; a survey of the oil resources of the Middle East; and economic factors in Middle East development.

In addition, the file includes papers relating to economic and social development of the following places: Iraq; Greater Transjordan; Saudi Arabia; Cyrenaica, Tripolitania [Libya], Eritrea, and Somalia; the Colony of Aden and the Aden Protectorate; the Lebannon; Ethiopia; Sudan; and Yemen.

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1 file (320 folios)

The papers are arranged in reverse chronological order from the front to the rear of the file.

Numbers in red pen on the top right hand corner of items in the file refer to entries in the register of papers received by the Commonwealth Relations Office at the back of the file.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the last folio with 320; 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.

A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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