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'Muscat Levy Corps' [‎69r] (150/292)

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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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Ko. 4.
Muscat Xery,
1st February 1931*
To
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. H.B.M 1 s Consul,
Muscat*
STJBJICTi- Comments on Detence Budget Kotes issued
by finance Minister o n 26 th J a nuary 1931 •
!• Heference para 4(a)* The comparison of the Leyy 1 s pay
might well be made with that of any other Lery in or near
the Gulf.
(o) Table shown shows increments of
pay only, uctras drawn by I .A# are not shown*
(d} proportion of K.C.Os* to men does
at first sight appear high but it must be remembered that
the Corps has to find its own 11*0,* slaii and. allow foi a
fair distribution of K.C.Os. for the guards it has to find*
2m Eeferenoe para 5 (b )(ii)* K on-combatant personnel will
be cut down to scale shown* 1 put a hl|^h vsilue oij ^ood
woricmanship in turn out as a good appearance increases "tire-
self respect and esprit de corps*
3* Heference para 7(a)* A reduction oi 30^ would lose over
half the Levy if it did not cause a mutiny*
(g)* Highly undesirable from a military
point of riew*
4, Reference para 3(b)* Bisoandment would mean losing over
half the Levy and it is idle to suggest that the same men
would come back, and if they did, the same woric would not be
obtained from them* Their efficiency would suffer to a very
great extent.
5. After consultation with 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. and Finance
Minister and in view of the situation, I have agreed to
carry out savings on last yea^s budget to the amount of
some Bs *21 ,000 i*e* a total expenditure of H8*l,20,000«

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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)
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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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