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File 10/14 II Bahrain unallotted area [‎20r] (52/807)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (391 folios). It was created in 1 Sep 1938-30 Jun 1939. 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.


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Memorandum of His Highness's views
regarding negotiations for an oil
concession over the Bahrain un-allotted
His Highness is grateful to the British Govern
ment for assisting him with advice regarding the
additional area. He is confident that the British
Government would not wish him to do anything which
might be detrimental to the future interest of
Bahrain and especially to the revenue of the State.
His Higlmess considers that the Bahrain Petro
leum Company have reasonable cause to fear inter
ference if another oil company were grated a con-
cession in Bahrain territory. His Highness believes
that such interference might have the effect of
reducing development by the Bahrain Petroleum Company.
His Highness's territory is small. The existing
oil concession includes most of the country and His
Highness is doubtful whether there is room in Bahrain
for two large rival oil companies to work without
The revenue from oil is of vital importance to
Bahrain. The pearl industry, previously the source
of Bahrain's prosperity, is suffering from^depression

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The volume contains minutes of meetings at Office of the Secretary of State for India in London, correspondence and telegrams between 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. at Bushire, 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. at Bahrain, the Adviser to the Bahrain Government, Charles Darlymple Belgrave, and Bahrain Petroleum Limited (BAPCO) representatives on the negotiations for the oil concession over the 'Bahrain additional area', which includes islands, reefs and shoals.

The file contains copies of the 1934 deed of lease (folios 287-296 and 301-311) and of a draft of the supplemental lease of the additional area (folios 331-338).

There are letters in Arabic to and from the Sheikh of Bahrain, Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifah.

There are notes at the end of the volume (folios 362-380).

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1 volume (391 folios)

The documents in the volume are arranged in chronological order. There are notes at the end of the volume (folios 362-380). The notes are arranged chronologically and refer to documents within the volume.

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The foliation is written in pencil and can be found in the top right. Between 362-384, these numbers are circled. The numbering commences at the front cover with 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D and 1E; then 2-32; 33a and 33b; 34-50; 51 is missing or omitted; 52-155; 156A and 156B and it carries on until 384, which is the last number given on the back cover of the volume.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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