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'File 10/3 II Qatar Oil Concession' [‎75r] (164/520)

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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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(c) British director;
(d) Chief Local Hepresantative to he persona grata
to H.iuG, and. a British subject.
Of these, they woula like (a), (h) and (a) to
appear in the concession itself. Starling suggested
thatwe might provide that the Company should he ana remain
a British Company registered in Great Britain, having its
place of business m Great Britain and a British
Chairman, on the same lines as the I.P.C. Lr..Laithwaite
said that might he possible, out that he thought 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. would he content (if tills was found to he
ana woula ease matters)
sufficiently legally watertight/ to cover certain of
these points in an exchange of letters with the Company,
particularly the point aoout the Chief Local
Representative. It seemed aesirahle also to provide
that the sheikh should approve the conditions of transfer.
Ivlr. 3eal saia that the Admiralty were anxious that they
should he in a position to acquire or buy the oil
produced in time of war, and he was anxious therefore
that there should be no reassignment to .American
interests. Mr. Starling drew attention to the aifficultie
of entirely safeguarding the position when we were dealing
with an international company such as the I.P.C. Ivir.Seal
agreed that it was desirable to make provision that the
consent of the Sheikh ana approval of the conditions of
assignment shoula be included. Mr. Warner suggested that
in so many wards
the simplest course might be to meet the Company/as
regards transfer to the I.P.C. if that was the point
which they had principally in mind in the first sentence
of the article ana then make provision to safeguard our
position in the event of any reassignment.
After considerable further aiscussion it was agreea
that the Company should be invited to agree to a redraft

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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' [‎75r] (164/520), 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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