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'File 10/3 II Qatar Oil Concession' [‎213r] (440/520)

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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 effect would be that the Company mould not pay royalty on
ar ,y oil used locally; on wastage, on loss in refining if done
in Qatar, or on oil which might he returned to ground. He had
regarded the point as so material that he had taken the
instructions of higher authority on it. As a result he expressed
the opinion that it was unnecessary to take exception to it, so
long as the financial terms offered by the Company proved
adequate, (i.e. such as adequately to safeguard the Sheikh's
interests after taking into account the possible effect on his
receipts of the fact that royalty would be paid not on all oil
produced, but only on such oil as was exported from or sold for
. . . ^0+0-^ thouprVi it seemed desiralole that the Sheikh
consumption m Q.atarj -cnougn xu
should fully understand what was involved.
▼ i -u i ■; ct V i -j- n -r ttt ^tarlinft's statement on
Article 5. In the light 01 Mr. btarxxxib
Article 4 it was agreed that no question need be raised
the use of the words "exported from or sold for consmption in"
instead of some phrase such as "produced".
would be desirable
Ar ticle 6. (a) It was agreed that it would
r +v^a article specifically subject to
to make the provisions of this
irtiole 7 (as in the case of
the ccnpensation provisions of Article
Article 2 of the revised draft).
(b) Considerable discussion took place
+>10 n nm oanv an absolute right# as
the risks involved in giving the company an
+ in any circunstances , to construe
in the terms of the articl ,
comnunications, railways, refineries, etc. The meeting were
reminded of the difficulties which had arisen in Hasa in
connection with the provision of landing grounds for aeroplanes.
and elsewhere in Saudi Arabia in connection with wireless.
d the danger of inflaming the Bedouin na
Local prejudices and the da g
-r^ooonn for postponing action
been alleged by Ibn Saud as a reaoon .
lons if similar difficulty arose in qatar
refusing concessions. - ,,,vnrvrt
^ for us to intervene in support
position, if it proved necessa y v, the
v.. >, difficult. On the other hand, the
of the Company, might be - -
. , noiiire sane definite provision that the.
Conpany would clearly Q . •, f 0T
« + ^ as were essential I or
had liberty to erect such buildings, etc..

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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' [‎213r] (440/520), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/2/411, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 17 October 2019]

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