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‘File 4/2 (1.a/50) M.E.I.C. publicity’ [‎9r] (19/54)

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The record is made up of 1 file (25 folios). It was created in 13 Aug 1939- 26 Jun 1943. 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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expeditious than the ordinary mail and is ehtaper than the telegraph. It is intended to be treated,
on receipt, with the same expedition as if it had been telegraphed. To save time and to obviate
formalities it is drafted in the form of a telegram. It is authenticated by the signature of a
responsible officer of the Department.] .
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Letter No. C/340, dated 13th August 1339.
The prooosed mode of transmission of papers to
the Centre has been approved by the 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. , who have
intimated that the ^ ar Office have made arrangements
accordingly wit; the iaioerial Airways. The system may,
therefore, be brought into force forthwith.
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Politic 1 Resident 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. .
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for ^e^retory to the Political
lesident 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. . (Signature)
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MFP—985 S&P—(M.1597)—27-11.36 -10,000.
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The file is about a change in administrative arrangements, following receipt of a general instruction in 1939, to send all future intelligence summaries to the new Middle East Intelligence Centre (M.E.I.C.) at Cairo.

The file contains confidential, secret and most secret copy letters and telegrams, mainly from Trenchard Craven William Fowle ( 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. 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. ) 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. , Bahrain. The correspondence begins with a request from Fowle, asking 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. , Bahrain to start sending copies of his fortnightly intelligence summaries to the newly opened M.E.I.C. Both this request and subsequent correspondence contains detailed instructions about the secure communication of intelligence reports and summaries between British officials in the Arab Gulf States and the Intelligence Centre at Cairo, including the use of cyphers and code words. The copy correspondence includes a secret telegram (T. No. 9276 dated 19 April 1941) and a most secret memorandum ( M.E.I.C./1/59 dated 21 April 1941) from the Intelligence Centre, containing instructions about the use of the code word ‘Steel’ in messages to indicate that information has been supplied by a most secret source (ff.13-17).

The file also includes copies of six printed distribution lists with the security classification ‘Most Secret’, for the circulation of intelligence summaries compiled by the Political Intelligence Centre Middle East, May-June 1943.

Extent and format
1 file (25 folios)
Arrangement

The file contains ten items of correspondence (ff.1-17), followed by six distribution lists, all arranged in chronological order. The notes at the end of the file contain a chronological list of the second half of the file contents (ff.13-24).

Physical characteristics

Foliation: numbered 1 to 26 in the top right hand corner. The numbering starts at the front of the file, on the first file enclosure (f.1) and ends on the inside cover at the back of the file (f.26). The front file cover is not foliated.

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English in Latin script
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