'File 9/2 II Bahrain Reforms: Finances of the Bahrain Government' [52r] (118/302)
The record is made up of 1 volume (138 folios). It was created in 20 Jun 1928-31 Dec 1931. It was written in English and Arabic. 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.
This transcription is created automatically. It may contain errors.
mainland, and also tawwasha work with the pearling
fleets» Trips in such craft have "been made from
Bahrain to Kuwait and return, to Bushire and return,
and to Dubai and return. I helieTe there is a great
future for the Bahrain-huilt craft equipped v/ith a
motor engine, hut I would prefer to see such craft
also equipped with a sail.
TT G-overnfliant. Lands shew a decrease of Rs 5,099/-
due to certain grants "by G-overnment of property
formerly under its control.
"Revenue Miscellaneous shews an increase of
Rs 4,702/- this account includes,
1. Baladia surtax of 2^ on tobacco
2. Sale of Divers account books,
3. Passport fees.
"The increase is mainly due to the Passport fees
which have been collected during the past six
months only. The O ustoms collects the Baladia
Surtax on behalf of the Municipality of Manamah,
but receivs^ no payment for this work.
"G-enerally, I think the steadiness of the above
receipts shews that the prosperity of the State
of Bahrain^ is maintained, consequent on a reasonably
good pearling season in 1347. The relations between
the Customs and the mercantile community are good."
REHTS OF GOVERIMSHT LAEDS. This includes Rs 10,000/-
being Soyalty paid by the Eastern and General Syndicate,
on their oil concession. The balance consists of rent
from the confiscated property of the Khalid Shaikhs.
kOAlS . For some years past the Government
has lent Rs 15,000/- at the beginning of the pearling
season, to Mohomed bin Subah, the headman of the Bin Ali
tribe, a leading Narkhuda.
Rs 6000/- was lent to Shaikh Abdul Latif A1 Dosri,
the headman of the Dawasir at Budeya.
Rs 4000/- was lent to Ahmed bin Khalifah al Gattam
a relative of E. E. Shaikh Hamad, one of the few members
of the Ruling Family who is in the Pearl trade.
Interest paid on Deposit Account,
Reserve Fund and other funds held in Bombay by Lloyd T s
Bank and Eastern Bank.
Salejg of Government Land. Proceeds from sale
About this item
The volume’s correspondence and other papers concern Bahrain’s state budget, and the rising costs associated with the Bahrain civil list and the Āl Khalīfah family’s allowances. Most of the correspondence takes place between the Advisor to the Bahrain Government, Charles Dalrymple-Belgrave, and the Bahrain 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. , Colonel Geoffrey Prior. The volume is a chronological continuation of ‘File 9/2 II Bahrain Reforms: Finances of the Bahrain Government’ (IOR/R/15/2/128).
The volume includes Belgrave’s budgets for Bahrain for the Hijri years 1347 (1928, folios 5-25) and 1348 (1929, folios 38-66). In these reports Belgrave gives great detail of the state’s expenditure on modernisation. For example, detailed reference of Bahrain’s education system, including the opening of a girls’ school, is given in the 1348 budget (folios 61-63).
The remainder of the volume’s correspondence is chiefly related to Belgrave’s concerns over the continual financial increases being requested by Shaikh Ḥamad bin ‘Īsá Āl Khalīfah to Bahrain’s civil list. Belgrave’s concern was that these allowances took up too great a proportion of the Bahrain state budget, and because the issue was primarily a political one, he deferred the issue 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. , who in turn referred the matter to the 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. . There are several copies of the civil list included in the file (for example, folios 81-83). Prior and Shaikh Ḥamad discuss Belgrave’s concerns about the increasing expenditure of the civil list in August 1929 (folios 84-90), with Shaikh Ḥamad raising the hope that revenues from other sources such as kerosene oil might alleviate financial problems.
- Extent and format
- 1 volume (138 folios)
The contents of the volume have been arranged in approximate chronological order, from the earliest items at the beginning to the latest at the end.
- Physical characteristics
Foliation: The volume is foliated from the front cover to the inside back cover, using circled pencil numbers in the top-right corner of each recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. . There is an earlier foliation system which runs through the volume, using blue pencil numbers in the top-right corner of recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. pages.
The following foliation anomalies occur: 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e.
The following folios are foldouts: 11-13, 18, 19, 36, 46-48, 54, 85-89, 97, 105, 111, 112, 133, 134.
- Written in
- English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script View the complete information for this record
Use and share this item
- Share this item
'File 9/2 II Bahrain Reforms: Finances of the Bahrain Government' [52r] (118/302), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/2/129, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100023321494.0x000077> [accessed 12 December 2019]
Copy and paste the code below into your web page where you would like to embed the image.
<meta charset="utf-8"><a href="https://www.qdl.qa/en/archive/81055/vdc_100023321494.0x000077">'File 9/2 II Bahrain Reforms: Finances of the Bahrain Government' [‎52r] (118/302)</a> <a href="https://www.qdl.qa/en/archive/81055/vdc_100023321494.0x000077"> <img src="https://images.qdl.qa/iiif/images/81055/vdc_100000000193.0x000360/IOR_R_15_2_129_0136.jp2/full/!280,240/0/default.jpg" alt="" /> </a>
Copyright: How to use this content
- 'File 9/2 II Bahrain Reforms: Finances of the Bahrain Government'
- 11r:25v, 46r:66v, 81r:83v
- Belgrave, Sir Charles Dalrymple
- Usage terms
- The copyright status is unknown. Please contact [email protected] with any information you have regarding this item.