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'File 10/3 II Qatar Oil Concession' [‎112r] (238/520)

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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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I.P.C* ana it might well be that safeguards
such as we had in view might be or great
importance rrom the I.P.C. standpoint.
Mr.otarlinK said that w9 must take
care that the minimum safeguards etc. which
we might prescribe, should not oe such as to
"be impossible for the A .P .O.C., acting as
they would be on behalf of the I.P .C. ,to
accept. We must not overlook that,
whatever the justirication for them, if the
conditions laia down by H .M .G. were toa stiff,
the I.P.C. might be unwilling to take
up, or to proceed with negotiations i'«r, a
concession, and if they were themselves
unwilling to take it up it was open to them
to insist that no one of their component
groups, such as the A .P .O.C., should take it
up independently. if that happened we
might find ourselves confronted immediately
with the Standard Oil of Calii«rnia. He drew
attention to the general principles whith had
been laid downty the Cabinet ta govern the
grant of oil concessions in British terri'Lory
and the conditions to be satisfied in the case
of such concessions. The most important
of these were:
(1) Registration in British territory;
(2) Majority of Employees ana if possible
Managing Director to be British subjects,
(3) 50$ of produce to be refined on British
territory, and the oil to be suitable f«r
Admiralty use;
(4) pre-emption in time oi war.
Mr .Laithwai te pointed out that the
decision in question had had in view British
territory only* Qatar was not British
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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' [‎112r] (238/520), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/2/411, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 3 July 2020]

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