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'File 10/3 II Qatar Oil Concession' [‎156r] (326/520)

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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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cirstft* sniDociisQ "tn 6 ioniiUla whica a,pp8arsci in 1jh6 chss of
the Persian concession in rGspect; of the payment of
jfoys -l^y » dii ^ct being tlidt royalty v/ou I q have to be
paid only on oil actually exported from or sold for
consumption in C ^itar anci not on the oil produced.
Mr. Praser said that in his view the provision
was a perfectly fair one. Certain grades of oil products
often involved in certain conditions loss in manufacture.
For example, if there were an expanding market for motor
spirit but not for neavier products, it was to everyone's
advantage that as much of the light stuff should be sold as
possible. This would be impracticable if the Company had
to pay a royalty on all oil that was produced.- The A.P.O.C.
had for some time overcome this difficulty by returning the
heavier products to the ground where they once again
absorbed light products ana gases. The Persian Government
had accepted tne formula now suggested after a full
Mr. Starling said that the adoption of this
formula represented a new departure and was regarded as a
matter of considerable importance. He had therefore taken
instructions on it. It was obvious that the adoption of
the formula suggested might have a material effect on the
^inaPiCial consideration granted to the Sheikh. He did not
suggest that the arrangement was a bad one so long as the
Sheikh appreciated what it meant.
After further discussion it was agreed that the
provision might be allowed to stand. The ofiicial
representatives emphasised the importance of making clear
to the Sheikh what exactly was involved in it. kr. eraser
said that he thought the sheikh fully understood its effect.
Article 6/

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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' [‎156r] (326/520), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/2/411, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 20 October 2019]

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