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‘File 7/27 Closing down of Royal Air Force station, Muharraq in 1947 and arrangements for maintaining and servicing Muharraq aerodrome’ [‎11r] (25/40)

The record is made up of 1 file (17 folios). It was created in 14 Apr 1947-17 Nov 1947. 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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Copy to tne roliticiil Reaicient 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. .
WITH THIS COMPLIIISNTS
Oi' THE
UKDjiR SECRETAHY Oi? STATii
FOR
GOMKONVVJIULTH RELATIONS.
Ext.2168/47. 13th October, 1947.
Dear Mi lis,
,/ould you please refer to your letter No .R. 42104/47/
FG2 of the 6th October to Harrison about the cost of pro
viding civil control and radio staff at aerodromes 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. ?
As you are aware the position at Bahrain is that
in exchange for exclusive civil aviation rights we make
the Shaikh a small lump sum payment. Article 9 of the
Banrain Civil Aviation Agreement allows H• L.G• or their
agents to retain all landing fees "in recognition of
H.M.G^s expenditure on the aerodrome and of tne consider
ation paid to the Shaikh under clause 16". In our view
tne Shaikh has already made a reasonable contribution
towards the cost of running the aerodromes in his terri
tories, by agreeing to forego landing f^ees. I am unaole
to see how we could ask him to go further than this, and
even to reverse the understanding on which the Agreement
is based (-which is that we pay for our privileged position)
without negotiating a fresh agreement. This we certainly
do not wish to do, especially as the existing Agreement
has over a year to run.
In the case of Sharjah, in return for facilities
for the operation of services by B .O .A .G., we pay the
Shaikh a small personal subsidy together with rent for
the air station and rest house, and a landing fee of Rs 5
for every aircraft landing on the aerodrome. In our view
it would be wrong to approach the Shaikh for any change
in the working of the present agreement before its expiry
merely on the grounds that our own arrangements had
undergone a change. The Sharjah agreement is due for
renewal in July next year and if any change (such as the
retention of landing fees by H .M.G, in recognition of the
cost of maintaining and staffing the aerodrome) is con
templated we feel that this should await the negotiations
of a fresh agreement.
Pending the comments of 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. ,
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 whom I am sending a copy of this corres
pondence) I reserve my view whether, when the time comes,
there will be any scope for recovering any part of the
cost from the local Rulers, but, as you yourselves realise,
the prospect of doing so is not very hopeful.
Yours sincerely,
Sd. E.P .LONALIBON.
L.S.Mills, Esq.,
Ministry of Civil aviation,
Ariel House, Strand, ^.C.2.

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The file’s correspondence and other papers relate to the cessation of Royal Air Force (RAF) activities at Muharraq, as well as at Sharjah. Correspondence takes place between 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 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. , and various representatives of the RAF and civil aviation authorities. The correspondence covers issues such as the reduction of an RAF workforce at Muhurraq to fifteen men, the question of who will take on responsibility for the aerodrome at Muharraq (the Arabian American Oil Company, the Bahrain Government, the British Overseas Airways Corporation), and the viability of maintaining a ‘first-class’ airfield at Muharraq.

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1 file (17 folios)
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The file is arranged in approximate chronological order, from the earliest items at the front of the file to the latest at the end. Circled index numbers written using blue/red crayon can be found throughout the file, and refer to the office notes at the end of the file (folios 16-17).

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Foliation: The main foliation sequence begins on the front cover and ends on the back cover; these numbers are written in pencil, and can be found 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. The following foliation anomalies occur: 1, 1A, and 1B.

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