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'Muscat Levy Corps' [‎60r] (132/292)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (135 folios). It was created in 30 Jan 1926-27 May 1931. 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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Ho* S .27/1. Ministry of Finance,
27th January 1931*
My dear Major,
Defence Budget.
lifter the despatch of your letter to the political
Resident concerning the early enhancement of the customs
tariff, I "began to review the "budget for possible savings*
•The first fruits of these investigations is attached in the
form of a note on the Defence Budget. T propose sub
mitting to you concerning each of the major "budget
heads a similar note outlining the present position and
suggested action, in the hope that I may discuss with
you the points at issue.
The "biggest individual items in the Budget are:-
(1) Civil List Hs.3,10,000
(2) General Administration ..
(2) a. Muscat Infantry
Other Defence forces,
(4) Customs
(5 ) Marine
As regards (1), Saiyid Said has promised to submit
a list of his proposed cut in the allowances paid to the
Ruling Family. It is a little long in coming; perhaps
he has repented of his decision, or is waiting to see
how much his father T s pay is reduced*
Probably not until the next financial year will my
knowledge of the provinces be sufficient to Justify my
proposals for re —organization and retrenchment* j'or
the time being, (2) must remain at its present figuie,
subject to such reductions as the Council ol Ministers
recommend. Prima facie, the rates of pay do not appear
As regards (4), the cost of collecting Customs is
extremely high as compared with other countries. Against
ipprox. 50,000

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Correspondence discusses the Muscat Levy Corp: its organisation, composition, strength, budget and activities.

On termination of command it was customary for the Commanding Officer to submit a report on the Muscat Levy Corp and the following reports are included:

In response to requests in 1931 from S.E, Hedgcock, Financial Adviser, for financial savings in the Muscat Levy Corps, Captain Walker comments on the road building capacity of the Levy as it achieves this for the State without cost of additional expenditure. Correspondence discusses cuts in pay in the Muscat Levy to achieve financial savings given the financial situation of the Muscat state and the position of the Government of India. Data included is a comparison between the pay of the Muscat Infantry and that of the Customs Department.

Correspondents include Robert William George Stephens; Allan Robertson Walker, Commandants, Muscat Levy; Trenchard Craven Fowle, 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. , Muscat; Francis Beville Prideaux, 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. , Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. ; Foreign Secretary to the Government of India.

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1 volume (135 folios)

The papers are arranged chronologically from front to rear of file.

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Foliation: There is an incomplete foliation sequence and a complete foliation sequence. The complete sequence, which should be used for referencing, is circled in pencil, in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. of each folio. It begins on the title page, on number 1, and ends on the last folio of writing, on number 135. Foliation errors: f.1 is followed by f.1A.

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