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'File 10/3 II Qatar Oil Concession' [‎116r] (246/520)

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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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Mr. Seal said that the question of safeguards for pre-emption
would probably "be regarded as more important from the Admiralty
standpoint if the Qatar concession were to go to a U.S. Company
tiian. if it v;eilt to ' tlle Ti ' ie fact to be faced was that the
idrairalty must have the oil in War, and if the Company were
American certain diplomatic difficulties might arise which would
be very much more easily handled if the agreement provided for
^ Mr.Laithwaite said that the A.p.O.C. had been warned in the
■■ ' ■ I ■ • _ ~ • . .. IJI I*
meeting on 14th December that in the event of their failing to
secure the concession, or of competing interests entering the field,
H.M.G. must not be regarded as permanently committed to approval
of whatever terms they might in present conditions think suitable
in the case of the A.P.C.C. We could if necessary endeavour to make
special provision in such circumstances for pre-emption.
Mr,Rendel regarded it as of great importance that any
conditions made by H.M.G. regarding safeguards, British control,
pre-emption etc., should be of universal application. He thought
that if we demanded certain conditions from the A.P.O.C. or I.P.C.,
but demanded different or stiffer conditions from a purely U.S.
Company, our international position would be much more difficult,
■I since the U.S.Government would certainly accuse us of
differentiation. If, on the other hand, we could work out
conditions which would be applicable universally - quite irrespective
of the nationality of the concessionary Company - and could be
defended on merits in view of the political situation, our hands
would be much strengthened in dealing with possible eventual
Representations of the U.S. or any other xoreign Government#

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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' [‎116r] (246/520), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/2/411, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 19 October 2019]

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