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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] [‎32r] (63/70)

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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compensation vas to be paid to cover taxation exemption
alone, or taxation exemption and the loss of the
Bashiyeh garden, or taxation exemption and the lose of
the Bashiyeh and other properties; ( d ) were His iiajesty's
Government to disclose to the Iraqi G-overnment that they
were willing to bear the cost of the Sheikhs' taxation
losses, the Jraca Government might have little incentive
to validate the Sheikh of Joweit's title to his gardens;
moreover, the Iraqi G-overnment might prove reluctant to
waive their claim to taxation arrears without the quid pro
quo of His Hajesty's Government's proposed financial contri
bution towards the settlement of the possession difficulty.
2C. This aspect of the question remained therefore in
abeyance until Cir A. Clark Ferr put forward the proposals
referred to in paragraph 12 above. 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. , the
Treasury and the 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. are now anxious that
consideration of the compensation aspect shall not be
deferred pending the setting up of the suggested Commission,
should it be decided to appoint it, as it may be anticipated
that some time will elanse before a settlement of the
possession aspect on the lines now proposed can be reached.
E 1046 The Treasury have pointed out that His Majesty's Government's
liability under this head is increasing even'- year, and
favour a 'lump sum* payment to the Sheikh of Voweit in return
for a formal discharge binding on his successors as well as
on himself, such a settlement to be conditional on the
Iraai Government undertaking (a) to claim no arrears from
either Sheikh in respect of the taxation exemption accorded
under the system in force before 195?. r assessed at some
£80,000] and (b) to give a written assurance that no
discriminatory

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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] [‎32r] (63/70), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/18/B468, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100023252882.0x000040> [accessed 24 May 2019]

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