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'File 10/3 II Qatar Oil Concession' [‎210r] (434/520)

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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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The other Pepartmenta concerned expressed their general
agreement, in particular as to the importance of avoiding any
ccnmitment on the question of assignment or safeguards. The
meeting then proceeded to consider the revised draft put
forward by the Company.
Preamble it was agreed that no question Rrose on this.
Article _1. Attention was drawn to the fact that the
revised article gave exclusive rights "throughout the State
of Q.atar." The area involved was, so far as could "be
estimated, something over 3,0C0 square miles. It was deciaed
that no objection need be taken to the grant of an exclusive
concession to the Company and that it was unnecessary to
require that the rights of exploration, prospecting and mining
should be specified in separate schedules. The Petroleum
Department drew attention to the fact that the article as
revised gave the Ccmpany the exclusive right to "carry away"
the substances which it was entitled to secure, but saw no
objection to this, as the C ompany was the sole concessionnaire
and there was no provision for surrendering a part of the
territ ory.
ttr.La.itYiwaite said that the Goveraoent of India had
sent a reminder to 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. on the question of
the boundaries of Qatar. If this question was raised by the
Company it would be better not to ocnmit ourselves, ^e could
wait to see what map they produced. The Foreign Office
representatives emphasised that they attached importance to
definition of the boundary
this question, since an inaccurate de-inixio
might lead to trouble with Ibn Saud.
Article 2. The following points were raised:
UMhe desirability of making provision to safeguard
, t 4- was agreed that this should be
the position of aerodrcmes. ^ -
+v 1 rMicr , h the decision was ccmplicateu oy
put to the Company, though the aecj.^ , r ^
v, h nt vet acquired a permanent site. In reply t
fact that we had not ye^ acquire ^
to the probability of any special
a question by Mr. Laithwaite a *

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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.

The volume includes:

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' [‎210r] (434/520), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/2/411, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 21 October 2019]

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