'File 10/3 I Qatar Oil Concession' [56r] (126/468)
The record is made up of 1 volume (222 folios). It was created in 27 Aug 1932-7 Nov 1933. 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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out in this area shall not be of a merely blocking nature, but
that the concessionaire shall definitely intend to develop the
field, aid that the terms shall be reasonable fran the point of
view of the Siieikh. He is broadly speaking cf opinicn that
exception need not be taken to the present agreement on either of
these grounds. The one question of importance which then
arises is the extent to vihich consideration needs to be givai
to the fact that the Eastern aid General. Syndjcate are known
to have displayed a certain interest in the question <£
securing an oil concession in Qatar.
4, The Secretary of State appreciates the delicate
nature of the position in regard to the Government of the
United St-ate s of America as regards oil deposits in the Gulf#
In the present case, however, the exclusive right #iich has
been granted to explore for oil fcr two years is expressed as a
renewal and extension of a previous permit; the Eastern and
General Syndicate have shown no signs off following up ttie
tentative enquiries which appear to have been made by them;
the agreement itself is one which may be regarded as suitable
from the point of view of tie Sheikh; and the Secretary
of State is of opinion, therefore, that, quite apart from the
general desirability of securing exploitation of these
deposits, if they exist, by a British Company such as the Anglo-
Persian Oil Company, there is no obligation on His Majesty's
Government to withhold approval fran the exploration licence
now granted on the chance that the Eastern aid. General Syndicate
might desire to compete. Dlfiiculty ought not, in his view,
to be anticipated in furnishing any necessary explanaticn on
these lines to the United States Government, if any
representations in the matter should be received from that
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The volume contains correspondence between the Anglo Persian Oil Company (APOC) and the Political Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. in Bahrain regarding the oil concessions in Qatar. It contains copies of the exclusive exploration agreement granted by Abdullah Ibn Qasim al Thani, Sheikh of Qatar, on 27 August 1932, permitting to A.P.O.C to make a geological exploration for two years and the sole right to submit an application for a concession, in consideration of a monthly payment of 1500 rupees per month.
The volume includes:
- confidential letters sent by C.C. Mylles, representative of the A.P.O.C. delegation in Qatar, led by Haji Williamson;
- correspondence regarding the Qatar geological survey, carried out by two geologists: Dr E. W. Shaw and Mr P. T. Cox, who sailed from Adaban in the S.S. Khuzistan, on 30 January 1933;
- correspondence on the negotiations for oil concession in Qatar, led by Haji Williamson and Mr A. C. Sampson;
- planning of a visit to the Sheikh by the Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. in Bahrain, on 6 June 1933;
- draft of the Qatar oil agreement between the Sheikh of Qatar and A.P.O.C., which wasn't signed for disagreements on financial matters (ff. 102-107 and 132-134);
- correspondence on the boundaries of Qatar (ff. 150-152 and 167- 169);
- comments on the Agreement from the Foreign Office and from the Secretary of State for India, proposing the introduction of a British Nationality Clause (f. 191) to protect from U.S. interests in the area.
There is an index at the end of the volume (folios 212-218).
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- 1 volume (222 folios)
The items in the volume are arranged in chronological order from earliest to latest with earlier documents attached. There is an index at the end of the volume, on folios 212-218. The index is arranged chronologically and refers to documents within the volume; it gives brief description of the correspondence with a reference number in blue crayon, which refers back to that correspondence in the volume.
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The main foliation is in pencil on the top right corner, starting on the first and ending on the last page of writing. The numbering starts with 1, then 156, 156A, 157, 168, 168A, 169, 199, 199A, 199B, 200, and then carries on until 218, which is the last number given. There is a second foliation in blue pencil in the top centre, starting on folio 166 (numbered 164) to folio 210 and then starts on the index with folio 212 (numbered 2) until folio 215 (numbered 5).
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