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'File 18/68 II (D 115) Kuwait Order in Council' [‎79v] (169/554)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (275 folios). It was created in 24 Jun 1932-8 Jul 1935. 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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like manner and subject to the like consent, and conditions, if
any, to rescind, revoke, vary or amend the rules, regulations or
(5) This article shall apply to the construction of any regula
tions, rules, or orders made under this Order, unless a contrary
intention appears.
6. Where this Order refers to any specified Act or Acts of
Parliament, such reference shall, unless a contrary intention
appears, be deemed to include any Act or Acts amending or
substituted for the same.
7. In the event of the death, incapacity, removal, or absence
from Kuwait of 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. for the time being, all and
every the powers, authorities, and immunities by this Order
granted to him shall, until His Majesty's further pleasure is signified
through the Governor-General of India in Council, be vested in 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. .
8.—(1) The powers conferred by this Order shall extend to
the persons and matters following, in so far as by treaty, grant,
usage, sufferance, or other lawful means. His Majesty has
jurisdiction in relation to such persons, matters, and things, that
is to say :—
(1) British subjects, as herein defined, within the limits of
this Order,
(2) Foreigners with respect to whom the Sheikh of Kuwait
has agreed with His Majesty for, or consented to, the
exercise of jurisdiction by His Majesty.
(3) Kuwait subjects registered in the Political Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. as
being in the regular service of British subjects or
foreigners ; with the proviso that all cases wherein
such Kuwait subjects are concerned shall be dealt
with in accordance with the provisions of Part V of
this Order.
(4) The property and all personal or proprietary rights and
liabilities within the said limits of British subjects
and of foreigners within sub-Article (2) and of Kuwait
subjects within sub-Article (3), whether such persons
are themselves within or without the limits of this
(5) British ships and ships belonging to foreigners within
sub-Article (2) with their boats, and the persons and
property on board thereof, or belonging thereto,
being within the limits of this Order ; provided that
jurisdiction over foreign ships shall not be exercised
otherwise than according to the practice of the High
Court in England in the exercise of jurisdiction over
foreign ships.
(6) British aircraft, being within the limits of this Order.
The Air Navigation Act, 1920, shall apply within the

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The volume includes papers relating to the implications of the assumption by the British Government of jurisdiction over foreigners in Kuwait, especially in view of the possibility of the influx of large numbers of non-Muslim foreigners (particularly Americans) to work in the Kuwaiti oil industry, June 1932 - March 1933; and papers relating to the discussion and drafting of the Kuwait 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). , 1935 (His Majesty's Stationery Office, 1935), March 1933 - July 1935, which was designed to clarify the question of British jurisdiction over non-Muslim foreigners in Kuwait, including papers recording discussions of the matter between British officials and the Ruler of Kuwait [Sheikh Ahmad al-Jabir Al Sabah], July 1934, which resulted in the Sheikh's acquiescing in the terms of the revised 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). .

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1 volume (275 folios)

The papers are arranged in chronological order from the front to the rear of the volume.

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Foliation: the foliation system in use commences at the front cover of the volume and continues through to the back cover. The sequence appears written in pencil, circled, in the top right hand corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. page of each folio. Foliation anomalies: f.1 is followed by ff. 1A, 1B, 1C. A second numbering system also appears, starting at 1 on f.2 and continuing to 259 on f.257. This sequence is again written in pencil, but not circled, and appears in the top right hand corner of every page that bears text.

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