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The Date Gardens in Iraq of the Sheikhs of Koweit [Kuwait] and Mohammerah. Scope of undertakings given by HM Government in 1914. Case for the opinion of the Law Officers of the Crown and Opinion thereon T W H Inskip and F B Merriman, Law Officers' Department, 29 Mar 1933. inc The date gardens in Iraq of the Sheikhs of Koweit and Mohammerah. Historical summary [undated] [‎22r] (43/70)

The record is made up of 1 file (35 folios). It was created in 29 Mar 1933. 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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5,
Government at the cor^ienceiient oi their campaign for
Iraq's liberation and expressing the "igh Corrjiiissioner's
coniiciencc that the Iraqi Governinent v/ould recopnise
this debt of honour. ■o reply was received to this
letter.
5. The matter remained dormant until December, 1926
v/hen the Iraqi Government pointed out that the exemption
of taxation hitherto accorded to the Sheikhs' date
gardens was illegal under Article 92 of the Iraqi Con
stitution, which provides that noone shall be exempted
from taxation except in accordance with the law, and in
^ugust 1927 they reiterated this statement, maintaining
that the exemption could not be continued except by
special legislation and that it was highly improbable
that such a law would pass the Iraqi Chamber. In these
circumstances the High Commissioner was instructed to
secure a specific assurtuce from the Irrqi Government that,
as the uric: ertakings given to the oheikhs had been included
amongst the international obligations mentioned in a
memorandum submitted to the Iraqi Government in connexion
with Article 5 of the "stillborn" Anglo-Iraq Treaty of
1927, they were now prepared to recognise them. Owing,
however, in the first place to a misapprehension on the
part of the High Commissioner and subsequently to the
uncertain political situation in Iraq, these instructions
were never carried out.

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This file contains a British Government report (folios 1-19) regarding promises made by the British in 1914 to the rulers of Kuwait and Mohammerah concerning their ownership of date gardens in Iraq.

The report contains a description of the situation and the legal opinion of T W H Inskip and F B Merriman, Law Officers of the Crown. The report includes an appendix containing copies of a number of relevant memorandums and letters.

The file also contains an undated report (folios 20-35) entitled 'The Date Gardens in Iraq of the Sheikhs of Koweit and Mohammerah' that provides a detailed historical summary of the case.

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1 file (35 folios)
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The file is divided into two sections; the 'Scope of undertakings given by HM Government in 1914' and a 'Historical Summary'.

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Foliation: The foliation sequence commences at the first folio of the former and terminates at the last folio of the latter; 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.

Pagination: Each section of the file also contains an original and distinct pagination sequence.

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The Date Gardens in Iraq of the Sheikhs of Koweit [Kuwait] and Mohammerah. Scope of undertakings given by HM Government in 1914. Case for the opinion of the Law Officers of the Crown and Opinion thereon T W H Inskip and F B Merriman, Law Officers' Department, 29 Mar 1933. inc The date gardens in Iraq of the Sheikhs of Koweit and Mohammerah. Historical summary [undated] [‎22r] (43/70), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/18/B468, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100023252882.0x00002c> [accessed 23 March 2019]

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