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'F-93 58/6-I Qatar Order-in-Council' [‎5r] (22/479)

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The record is made up of 1 file (239 folios). It was created in 18 Apr 1935-13 Mar 1939. 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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foekign OFFICE, S.W.I.
3400/3400/91). 18th July 1935.
My dear Gilbert,
Xou will remember that eerly last May it became
necessary (in order to get the way clear for the
Anglo-Persian Oil Company's concession; to settle very
hurriedly with Fowle the question of the future arrongeraents
for jurisdiction over foreigners in Qatar. Owing to the
need for haste we were unfortunately unable here to keep
our legal advisers in touch with the develojuents, but
Beckett was good enough to go into the matter shortly
afterwards and I enclose, for your information and any
obsenrutiona which you may have to offer, a copy of a minute
that he wrote on the subject on May 15th.
2. ao far as we can see, the inconsistency pointed
out in the second paragraph of Beckett's minute is due to
the fact that in the course of the negotiations viith the
bheikh of Qatar about jurisdiction the practice has arisen
o± rulerring to the subjects of the Arab States of the
I'ersi an Gulf as British protected parsons for the purposes
of jurisdiction within the Gulf itself. These persons
apparently have been, nd are, considered as British
rx oiiected persons not only for the purpose of consular and
diplomatic protection throughout the world, but also
generally fo r the purpose of jurisdiction in other parts
of the world, e.g. Chine and Kgypt; but so far as we are
aware they hare never before been classified as British
protected persons for the purposes of jurisdiction within B
the Arab Sheikhdoms in the 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. . 1
3. The confusion resulting from the present system H
by which the subjects of Arab States in the Gulf are
described/ j : .i
•eltHwaite, 0.1.E. { ; ! !

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This file contains correspondence 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. in the 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. at Bushire; the Political Agents at Kuwait and Muscat; Shaikh ‘Abdullāh bin Jāsim Āl Thānī, ruler of Qatar; Secretary of State for India, London; M J Clauson and J P Gibson of 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. , London; and the Foreign Department, Government of India.

The correspondence concerns efforts to regulate the legal situation and define British juridiction in Qatar by issuing an Order in Council A regulation issued by the sovereign of Great Britain on the advice of the Privy Council (in modern practice, upon the advice of government ministers). under the Foreign Jurisdication Act. Included within these papers are initial correspondence with Shaikh ‘Abdullāh (ff. 2-3); comparisons with other localities in the 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. , for example Kuwait and Bahrain (ff. 19-25, 46-47, 52-53); correspondence concerning the drafting of the Qatar Order in Council A regulation issued by the sovereign of Great Britain on the advice of the Privy Council (in modern practice, upon the advice of government ministers). between 1936 and 1939 (ff. 60-146); a copy of the final version of the Qatar Order in Council A regulation issued by the sovereign of Great Britain on the advice of the Privy Council (in modern practice, upon the advice of government ministers). (ff. 159-174), as well as two certified copies (ff. 178-194); various errors in the text and corrections (ff. 176-176A, 199-204); and its publication in the Gazette of India and exhibition in Qatar (ff. 195-208).

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1 file (239 folios)
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This file is arranged approximately in chronological order. Circled index numbers written in red crayon are also present throughout the volume.

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Foliation: The main foliation sequence commences at the title page and terminates at the last folio; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and can be found 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. A second foliation sequence is present between ff. 4-212; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled, and can be found in the same position as the main sequence. Foliation errors: 1, 1A and 1B; 65, 65A and 65B; 66 and 66A; 69a and 69b; 73, 73A and 73B; 176 and 176A.

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