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'File 10/3 II Qatar Oil Concession' [‎157r] (328/520)

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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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(a) The Coiupany agrsGQ to iriake tlie provisions of this
y ,rtiicl6 sp^cil ical iy c J^ j^go oo tno OorripGnsatory provisioiB
of Article 7.
(h) Mr, Laithwaite emphasised the possibility of
political aifficultids arising if the article vvas allowed
to stand in its present form, and developed the argument
\ 4 on the lines which had heen agreed by the preceding
official interdepartmental conference. Ke suggested that
tiie rights granted under the first sub-paragraph of
Article 6 should be made "subject to the agreement of the
Sheikh, which shall not be unreasonably withheld." The
A.P.C.C. representatives saia that they could not agree to
this. The only effect would be tnat the sheikh would hold
the Company to ransom each time the necessity for his
approval arose. In their view the phrase "which shall not
oe unreasonably withheld" was one which in practice was no
safeguard. Their experience of the Sheikh went to show
that he would lose no opportunity of opening his mouth as
wide as possible. Mr. Hearn added that provision on the
i H same lines was included in the Company's Persian agreement.
Mr. Laithwaite said that that might be so, but
that the political position in Qatar,, with its wide
hinterland and its extremely backward condition and semi-
civilised inhabitants, was entirely different from that
in Persia or Iraq, where there was a central government and
^ more or less effective control by that government over
whole country. It was understandable that the Company
snouid wish for some safeguard in respect of their technical
e stabli s hments, such as refineries, workshops, etc., cut it
' VaS conceivable that serious difficulties might arise in
event of their wishing to operate inland or to

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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' [‎157r] (328/520), 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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