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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] [‎28r] (55/70)

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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and (5) to register in Tapu all lands, etc., of the
Sheikhly family as a private Wakf to "be administered "by the
ruling bheikh of Foweit and to forbid the Iraqi Courts to
entertain actions "by members of the Sheikhly family
regarding their share in these lands.. He pointed out
however that this proposal, although providing for a
definite settlement, unfortunately presented certain
difficulties. In the first place whilst the Iraqi
Government might be willing to set up a Commission, if it
could be done without special legislation, the Commission
would probably only have adequate powers if set up "by such
legislation. Secondly, whilst it would be impossible to
estimate until the Commission had completed its work how
much compensation would have to be paid to outside
claimants, neither the Iraqi Government nor His Majesty's
Government would be likely to be willing to pledge them
selves in advance to an indefinite financial liability.
15. The comments of the interested authorities on
these new proposals are summarised below*
E 898/18/95. (1) 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. , after consulting with the
former 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. , Colonel Dickson, was inclined to
view favourably the proposal for a Commission, provided
that an official who would look after the interests of
the Sheikh and of His majesty's Government was included
amongst its members. As regards the difficulties to which
Sir A. Clark Kerr had called attention (see (a), (b) and
(c) in paragraph 15 above), he suggested that the Sheikh
could register the accretions provided the Iraqi Government
put no difficulties in his way, and that the Taab claims
and the disputes between the Sheikh and members of his
family

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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] [‎28r] (55/70), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/18/B468, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100023252882.0x000038> [accessed 20 March 2019]

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