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'File 10/3 II Qatar Oil Concession' [‎93r] (200/520)

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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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6 of Admiralty letter of 29th September) there would, I
think, he much to he said for improving on the conditions
of assignment to which we were forced to agree in the
case of tne Bahrein concession, the circumstances of
which were, of course, quite different, ana to endeavour
to secure, e.g. that any assignee company should he
registered in Great Britain (ana not in Great Britain or
Canad a) ana possihly that a given percentage of the Board
should he British; that the Chief Local Representative
should he a British subject, persona ^rata to H.M.G., ana
appointed only with their prior approval, and perhaps that
the lessees should he required to undertake to refine
locally and xo give rights of preemption to the Sheikh or
H.IvLG. The a i sad vantage of emho dying our desiaerata in
detail in the concession is that in tne lirst place we
may conceivably frighten off the A»P»0«C. or the I»P«C.
{though given the active interest in oil in tne Persian
Gulf which is "being man if est ea at present i shoula rather
douht if the risk was a very serious one if reasonaole
financial terms coula he agreed between them ^na the
Sheikh) ; secondly that we show our hand as regaras in
particular a British control clause ana the right of
preemption. I do not know how far consideration of tn8
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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' [‎93r] (200/520), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/2/411, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 23 May 2019]

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