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'File 10/3 II Qatar Oil Concession' [‎214r] (442/520)

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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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their purpose, e.g. refineries, pumping stations, harbours,
pipelines, workshops, etc. The meeting was inclined to think that
the simplest course might "be to draw a distinction between
constructions of this nature and ccmmuni cat ions taken in a broad
sense - wireless, roads, railways, etc. - and that in discussions
with the Company we should aim in the first place at making the
Company's rights under the first sub-paragraph of the article
subject "to the agreement of the Sheikh which shall not be
unreasonably withheld". (The Petroleum Department did not wish
to support any arrangement which gave the Sheikh the right to
interfere with the construction of any works &c. necessary to the
operations of the Canpany, and pointed out that roads, small-
gauge railways and telephones were an essential part of any large
scale operations.) If this proved impossible to endeavour to
make a special exception in respect of conmunications and wireless,
putting them on a different footing fron the other matters referred
to. It was thought that here, as in the case of Article 2, the
importance of walking extremely carefully, having regard to local
conditions, might be impressed on the Company.
(c) Mr .Warner raised the question whether steps should be
taken to secure the participation of the political authorities in
dealings between the Company and the Sheikh after the granting of
the Concession. Mr■«Laithwaite ., while agreeing as to the
desirability in principle of ensuring this, drew attention to the
difficulty of requiring or enforcing it so long as re nad -no
resident political representative in Qatar..
Ar^^l^^T^ (a) It was agreed that the desirability of
specifically safeguarding the position of any aerodromes acquired
us in Qatar should be considered in connection with this article
(b) Attention was drawn to the possibility that considerable
areas might be in the possession, not of the Sheikh, but (as
appeared in the past to have been the case elsewhere on the Arab
littoral) of the Jowasimi Arabs- That was. however, a point for the
C 0 ^pany.

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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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