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'File 10/3 II Qatar Oil Concession' [‎216r] (446/520)

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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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iiarbours vvoula ot course liaols lor any ordinary
import duty charged, out it would be unreasonaMe to give
the Sieikn the right to charge harbour dues in aaaition
in respect oi the importation of sucn goo as►
Article iX * attention was drawn to the
correspondence which had taken place between the Political
Resident ana kr. ^Ikington, ana also to the fact that under
5 Article 3 of the Qatar Treaty of 1916 the sheikh was
t precluded from obtaining arms, save under arrangements
therein defined, to be made and approved by It
was agreed tnat the Resiaent* s view in the matter, as
i| expressed in paragraph 3(1) of his letter dated ^4th November
to "Mr. Elkington, should be accepted.
Article 12 * Assignment * It was recognised that this
article raised fundamental questions and that no decision
could be taken on it except after reference to higher
authority. On the other hand it seemed desirable so far
as possible to clear the ground with a view to exploring
how far the Company were in lact prepared to go ana Ahdt
their intentions were in the matter. It had throughout
been appreciated that as the A#r#0.G. were conducting
4 ^ as ^ ^ -h
negotiations in Qatar only/on behalf ox the wiiicn
j was itself an international Company containing a British eiemert
.,.•1 q ii, n r6 hold 61*9 # it would net 136 possiblt;
which rt presented only at out Zfy or tne sn-rcnuiuoxo,
in practice to insert full British safeguards or piovicion
for full British control in the concession granted.
| Mr. Seal said that the Admiralty had originally propemed
the falXowing five aafeguarde designed to maintain British
control: -
(a) The assignee company to oe registered in
Great Britain;
(h) The Company's office in Great Britain to be
run by a British subject;

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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' [‎216r] (446/520), 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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