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'File 10/3 II Qatar Oil Concession' [‎215r] (444/520)

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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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(c) The second sub-paragraph v;as too widely stated and did
not sufficiently safeguard private possessors against
expropriation at the request of the Company. It was agreed that
the Company should be invited either to adopt a wording on the
general lines of Article 4 (B)(2) of their Persian concession or
to revise the first sentence of the sub-paragraph to run as
follows:- "Any other lands, houses or buildings required by
the Ccmpany may be bought or leased by it with tne consent 0^—and
on conditions to be arranged with the proprietors thereof, but.
tVLe terms of such purchase or lease shall not be in excess....
(d) The phrase "Such land shall at all times be less than
the whole area of Qatar" caused some surprise, but was assumed
t o have been inserted at the request oi the Sheikh.
Arti c 1 e 8 . it was agreed that the Canpany should be
invited to insert in the second sentence of the first sub
paragraph the words "subject to the same proviso
Article 10. (a) Some discussion took place as to tne
desirability of fixing a maximum period during which the general
oustons exemption granted to the Company should run. The general
feeling of the meeting was, however, in favour o- letting the
article stand, particularly now that the Company had to so...e
extent met us by agreeing t« pay duty on food supplies, personal
goods, cWhing and general merchandise imported oj it for
personal use of its employees.
(b) The question was raised of the desirability of giving
the Canpany complete exemption in respect of harbour dues. The
meeting felt that as any harbours made would be developed by the
Company, it would be unreasonable to request them to pay harbour
dues. On the other hand it would be worth ensuring that they
would agree to the free use of such harbours by the Sheikh-
Goods imported by private individuals through such

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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' [‎215r] (444/520), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/2/411, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 19 October 2019]

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