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'File 10/3 II Qatar Oil Concession' [‎73r] (160/520)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (252 folios). It was created in 1916-1934. 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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adopt a wording on the general lines o£ article 4(ti)( 3 )
of their Persian concession or to revise the first
sentence of the sub-paragraph to run as follows;-
"x^ny other lands, houses or huildings required by the
Company may he bought or leased by it with the consent
of and on conditions to be arranged with the
proprietors thereof, but the terms of such -purchase or
lease shall not be in excess..."
(d) The phrase "such land shall at all times be
less than the whole area of ^atar" caused some surprise,
but was assumed to have been inserted at the request
of the Sheikh.
Article 8 . It was agreed that the Company should
be invited to insert in the second sentence of the first
sub-paragraph the words "subject to the same proviso".
Article 10 . (a) Some discussion took place as to
the desirability of fixing a maximum period during
which the general customs exemption granted to the
Company shoula run. The general feeling of the meeting
was, however, in favour of letting the article stand,
particularly now that the Company had to some extent met
us by agreeing to pay duty on food supplies, personal
goods, clothing and general merchandise imported by it
for the personal use of its employees.
(b) The question was raised of the desirability
of giving the Company complete exemption in respect of
harbour aues. The meeting felt that as any harbours
made would be developed by the Company, it would be
unreasonable to request them to pay harbour dues. On the
other hand it would be worth ensuring that they would
agree to the free use of such harbours by the Sheikh.
Goods imported by private individuals through such

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The papers in this volume date mostly from 1933-1934. The volume contains copies of 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. at Bahrain and the Secretary of State for India in London about oil concession in Qatar and the negotiations between the Anglo-Persian Oil Company (APOC) and the Sheikh of Qatar.

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There is an index at the end of the volume (folios 243-247).

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1 volume (252 folios)

The items in the volume are arranged in chronological order from earliest to latest with earlier documents attached to the file. There is an index at the end of the volume, on folios 243-247. The index is arranged chronologically and refers to documents within the volume; it gives brief description of the correspondence with a reference number, which refers back to that correspondence in the volume.

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The foliation starts on the first page of writing on the top right-hand corner and finishes on the back cover, on folio 252. Numbers are in pencil, circled. There is a second foliation in blue crayon first and then in black pencil on the top centre and then on the top right corner, uncircled, starting on folio 1 (numbered 1) to folio 26 (numbered 26) , then folio 27 (numbered 26a) to folio 47 (numbered 26v), folio 48 (numbered 27) ending on folio 242 (numbered 220).

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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'File 10/3 II Qatar Oil Concession' [‎73r] (160/520), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/2/411, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 23 January 2020]

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