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'Administration Report of the Persian Gulf for the Year 1937' [‎10r] (19/72)

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The record is made up of 1 file (34 folios). It was created in 1938. 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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steamers ceased to carry the Iranian mails which are now carried by the
weekly slow service ; the fast steamer calls in alternate weeks at Bahrain and
Bushire. The Hansa line maintains a fortnightly service from North German
ports, and a monthly service from New York.
Strick steamers to and from United Kingdom call monthly.
Other lines whose steamers visit Bushire at irregular intervals are :
Ellerman and Bucknall, Java Silver Pacific, and the 4 Japanese, Mitsui Busen
Kaisha, Yamashita, Osaka Shosen Kaisha, and Nippon Yusen Kaisha.
Air. —Air France maintains a weekly connexion with India and Europe.
Calls are influenced by the weather and the state of the landing-ground, over-
carries being frequent in winter. K. L. M. (Dutch) planes have the option of
landing, but their calls are increasingly rare.
Road. —The embankment road to Borazjan and Shiraz, is now complete
but has not yet been taken over by the authorities. This road, the only means
of overland communication, • should, if maintained, ensure uninterrupted
communication in future with the interior. Projects rumoured during the
year of a lorry road in Bushire separate from the main road, and of a new
route via Firuzabad to Shiraz, have not borne fruit.
Average monthly transport rates by lorry varied between the following
extremes :—
Per Kharvar.
Bushire to Shiraz Rls 65 in May. 110—120 in December
Isfahan 140 „ 230—250
Tehran 180 „ 300—320
Rates are affected by pressure or lack of freight, by difficult road condi
tions, by outside influences such as commandeering by authorities for military
and other purposes. All three influences contributed to the high rates ruling
in December ; conversely lack of demand and easier conditions enabled the
more normal rate in May. Attempts by the Governor to fix rates for carrying
Government goods have hitherto proved unsuccessful, as the transporters are
jn a strong bargaining position and there is usually good demand for space.
5. Social conditions. —Social conditions, bad at the beginning of the year,
have not improved. The merchant and small trader are deprived of business
by the monopolization of articles of ordinary use, wheat, piece-goods, sugar,
tea ; the ordinary consumer sees only the restrictions, high prices and heavy
taxation resulting from the national economy, and has not, in Bushire, derived
any of its advantages. Nothing but articles of immediate necessity and a verv
few primitive comforts are to be bought in the bazaar.
The price-index of common consumers' goods is a continuously and
steeply rising one, as the table below shows :—
Commodities. Cost at January, 1937. Cost at December, 1937.
. Rls. 20 per 500 gr. .
. Rls. 18 per 500 gr.
,, 2 per 7-75 lbs. .
„ 2 • 45 per 7
•75 lbs.
„ 2*40 do.
. „ 2-50
„ 35 do.
• ,, 42
. „ 8-25 do.
. „ 11-20
„ 1-60 do.
. „ 1-20
„ 3 do.
• 4
Rice bread
„ 7 do.
. „ 7-50
„ 1-25 each
„ 2 each.
„ 1 per skin
„ 1 per skin.
That local authorities realize how high is the cost of living and are not
unwilling to rectify it, is shown by attempts on two occasions, both unhappily
abortive, to fix food prices. An attempt to bring down the price of meat
foundered on the opposition of the butchers ; another to regulate the price of
bread was inherently unsuitable and the price fixed was never applied.
53(C) ExAffairsD r pt.

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The file consists of Administration Report of the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. for the Year 1937 (New Delhi: Government of India Press, 1938).

The Report, prepared by the 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. , summarises important information relating to the Gulf and notable events in the Gulf during 1937. The Report contains a review by the 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. , and separate sections on each of the agencies, consulates, and other areas that made up the Residency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. . The information provided includes lists of personnel, movements of British officials and foreigners, local administration, military and naval matters, aviation, the political situation, trade and commerce, medical reports, meteorological reports, and related information.

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1 file (34 folios)

There is a list of contents at the front of the Report, on folio 3.

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Foliation: the foliation system in use commences at 1 on the front cover, and continues through to 36 on the back cover. The sequence is written in pencil, enclosed in a circle, and appears in the top right hand corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. page of each folio.

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