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'File 10/3 II Qatar Oil Concession' [‎114r] (242/520)

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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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may "be laid down should apply to any
Company, whether British or roreign. The
two important points were control and
exploitation; and it would have to "be
dwciaed what our minimum requirements in
respect or them v/ere to be. If H.M.Q.
decided to lay down the principle that both
control ana exploitation must be British,
whatever might be the nationality of the
Company ultimately controlling the concession,
and we could secure acceptance of these
terms from any concessionaire, so much the
better. If it proved impossible in
practice to go so far, and to secure etiective
British control, then we ought as a
minimum to require that local representation
and exploitation should be in British hands.
We could make a good case for this on the
ground of the special local political
dirt'iculties of yatar, v ' e should ce
dealing with a State with ill-defined
■boundaries, a backward and scattered
population, hitherto little in touch with the
outside world, and not easily susceptible tP
pressure by H.M.G* ' I - he oheikh v ' iiS
precluded by his treaty engagements from
dealings with ioreign powers - engagenents
to which it was regarded as desirable to hold
hlm . If roreign subjects were massacred In
Qatar by a tribal uprising or the like,
responsibility for securing effective
thii=i fall on an< ^
punishment would thus iai
here as in dealing with air procedure we
reasonably take the line that while
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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' [‎114r] (242/520), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/2/411, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 24 May 2019]

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