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'File 10/3 II Qatar Oil Concession' [‎124r] (262/520)

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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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control whicn tais would secure to us might not in
practice prove very substantial, ana that as our
essential desicierata were those which had. been irientioned
by ivlr. Starling, it might be that in the long run we
should tim it simplest to agree with the Company not to
press the British control clause on the understanding
^ that they would meet us fully as regards our other
desiderata. Mr. Mendel pointed out in particular that It
we coula secure our main desiderata by other means, it
might well be bad tactics to insist on the strict
application of the British control provisions to
subsidiary companies - since this might only further
complicate the already delicate position of the A.P.O.C.
on the Board of the I.p.G. - while it would probably be
possible in practice to secure by other means that
subsidiary companies were unuer the aoeciuate control of
their parent companies. Questions connected with the
registration and nationality of subsidiaries were often
based on technical and financial considerations regarding
taxation etc. and it did not follow that the non-
application of the British control provisions to
subsidiaries would in fact mean that those subsidiaries
would escape from British control.
It was finally agreed that In the letter to be sent
to the Company our desiderata should be indicated in
general terms and that a door should be left open for
the Company to come back, on the ground tnat it would be
unfortunate if. on hearing what our desiderata were, they
decided that it would be useless to proceed with uieir
negotiations, secondly that while the terms to oe used
would require careful consideration we might hint that
Has at present advised would require British control

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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' [‎124r] (262/520), 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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