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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] [‎31r] (61/70)

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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12.
(iii) The capitrlisation on the basis of the
value of a perpetual exemption (? 25 years purchase
or thereabouts) of the present aost of the
exemption; and. the payment thence annually to the
Sheikh and his successors of the proceeds of the
capitalised sum.
(iv) Payment to the Sheikh of an immediate lump
sum representing the capitalized sum, referred to
in (iii), the Sheikh thereafter becoming liable to
such taxation as the Iraqi Government might impose
on his property in common with other similar
properties, and His Majesty's Government's obligation
under the 1914 pledge being finally liquidated.
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. felt strongly that having regard to
the terms of the original undertaking the indemnity could
not be confined to the losses suffered by the present Sheikh
during his lifetime. The 'Treasury sav Parliamentary
objections to the recurrent charge of public funds proposed
in courses (i) and (ii). Course (iii) moreover shared the
advantage of courses (i) and (ii) in that payment could be
withheld in any particular year if the Sheikh's behaviour
were unsatisfactory.
19. Before going further with this question it was
decided to establish the extent of the taxation losses for
which the two Sheikhs would, have to be compensated. The
Embassy assessed the amount of compensation which might
reasonably be given to the Sheikh of loweit for his Istihlak
E 2123 and losses at £1,000 a year and that to be given to the Sheikh
E 4967/274/
93 of 1954 of Mohammerah at 50^ of that figure. It was however decided
to go no further with the compensation aspect until the
question of title had been disposed of, because (a) the
final decision on compensation might depend on whether
compensation

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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] [‎31r] (61/70), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/18/B468, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/universal-viewer/81055/vdc_100023252882.0x00003e> [accessed 14 November 2019]

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