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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] [‎29r] (57/70)

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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10.
family were not covered by the 1914 pledge (i<ir.
Beckett takes a similar view ci these difficultie^
(2) The Government of India have no observations
to ot'ler*
(s) 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. are in general agreement with
Colonel Fowle's views (see (l) above).
E 715^82/95
of 1^5.
E 1751/18/95
B 2456/18/95 16= Sir A. Clark Ferr has been invited to observe
on Colonel Eowle 's suggestion as to the composition of
the Commission (see paragraphlS above), lie considers tnat
if the Commission is to be given powers to pass decisions
as to title and compensation with all the lorcc of un
appealable judgments of the courts, the most that the
Iraqi Government could be persuaded to agree ..o would
the inclusion of one of the British oiiicial^ in uheir
service. At the same time he anticipates that the
difficulty of persuading the Iraqi Government and the
Sheikh to agree to a Commission with such wide powers may
prove insuperable and that it may prove necessary to fall
back on a Commission ith more limited terms of reference,
namely merely to enquire into the extent of the sneikh s
claims and the nature of the counter-claims against him
as a preliminary sten to a satisfactory settlement. He
requests explicit instructions regarding (a) the composition
of the suggested Commission and (b) its powers. At bhe
E 2452 same time he feels that as it appears from Nuri Pasha's
E 2185 recent conversation with er. Bateman that the Iraqi
Government may not be averse from tackling the possession
question in the near future, the possibility of disposing
of this more urgent aspect of the matter should not be
prejudiced by any delay which may be involved m working
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] [‎29r] (57/70), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/18/B468, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100023252882.0x00003a> [accessed 11 November 2019]

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