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'File 10/3 II Qatar Oil Concession' [‎74r] (162/520)

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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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harbours would of course be liabla ior arxy ordinary
import auty charged, but it would be unreasonable to give
the Sheikh the right to charge harbour dues in audition
in respect oi trie importation of such goo as-
article II > attention was drawn to the
correspondence which had taken place between the Political
Resident and Air. ^1 Kington, ana also to the fact that under
Article 3 of the Qatar Treaty of 1916 the sheikh was
precluded from obtaining arms, save under arrangements
therein aefined, to be made and approved by H.Ivi.G. It
was agreed that tne Resident's view in the matter, as
expressed in paragraph 3CU of his letter aated <i4th November
to Lr. Elkington, shoula be accepted. ^ -te
article 12 . Assignment . ^iT^wa^recognised that this
article raised fundamental questions and that no decision
could be taken on it except after reference to higher
authority. On the other hand it seemed desirable so far
as possible to clear the ground with a view to exploring
how far the Company were in fact prepared to go and what
their intentions were in the matter. It had throughout
oeen appreciated that as the A.P.O.G. were conducting
as agents
negotiations in Qatar only/on behalf of the I.P.O., which
was itself an international Company containing only a
relatively small British element, it would not be possible
in practice to insert full British safeguards or provision
for full British control in the concession granted.
Iwr. Seal said that the Admiralty were of opinion that
it would be desirable to insert the following safeguards
in any assignment:
(a) The assignee company to be registered in
Great Britain;
(b) The Company's office in Great Britain to be
run by a British subject;

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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' [‎74r] (162/520), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/2/411, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 26 January 2020]

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