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'File 82/1 [I] (F 52) A.P.O.C. and Oil Concessions Arab Coast' [‎5r] (9/307)

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The record is made up of 1 file (151 folios). It was created in 30 Jun 1921-30 Apr 1923. It was written in English. 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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AHGLO PERSIAN OIL COMPAKY, LTD,,
Britannic House,
Great Winchester Street,
London. E.G.2.
(D
12th May. 1921.
The Under Secretary of State
for Foreign Affairs,
Foreign Office.S.W.1 #
Sir,
.*e have the honour to refer to correspondence ending
with our letter of 16th May, 1918, with regard to the grant
of this Company of Concessions covering the territories of
the Sheikh of Kuweit and of the Sheikh of Bahrein and to
enquire whether the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs
can now see his way to instruct 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. in the
Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. either personally or through the Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. of the
Political Agents at the various ports, to apply to the
Sultan of Muscat, the Trucial Chiefs of Oman, the Sheikh of
Bahrein, the Emir of Hejd and the Sheikh of Kuweit, for an
exclusive prospecting licence in favour of this Company in
the territories of these Rulers for oil and its allied
products, viz: bitumen, pitch, ozokerite, etc,.
The grant of such an extensive prospecting licence
would be without prejudice to the eventual terms of
concessions to be granted in the event of any oil beine;
discovered.
As very heavy expenditure must necessarily be incurred
in prospecting in these territories for oil, no payment
would become due to the Chiefs in respect of such prospecting
licence, and the Company would expect to be permitted to
import all requirements in this connection free of duty.
Should the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs
prefer that negotiations should be opened with these Chiefs
by a Representative.of the Company, they would be prepared
to arrange accordingly, provided that 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.
was instructed to afford such representative all necessary
diplomatic support and assistance.
On general political grounds it appears very
desirable that all oil concessions in these territories
should be in the hands of a single British Company and the
activity shpwn by ^ey4e foreign oil companies in obtaining
a foothold in undeveloped lands seems to indicate that some
action should be taken in this direction in the near future.
My Board are aware that the responsibility for these
Territories has recently been transferred to the Secretary of
State for the Colonies, but in view of the fact that all
previous correspondence has been with the Foreign Office
they have ventured to address you in the first instance with
a request that their representation may be transmitted with
copies of any necessary previous papers to the Colonial Office
for such action as may be thought desirable.
We have etc.
for the Anglo Persian Oil Company Ltd.
(SD)D.GARROW,
paging direotor .

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The file contains correspondence and telegrams between the Political Department and the Under Secretary of State at the 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. in London, Sir Winston Churchill (Secretary of State for the Colonies at the time), 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 Bushire, 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. at Kuwait, the Vice-Consul at Mohammerah [Khorramshahr, Iran] and Anglo Persian Oil Company (APOC) representatives regarding contacts with local rulers about oil concessions in Bahrain and Kuwait.

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The file is incomplete. Some letters, mainly containing pledges signed by Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates. rulers not to grant any oil concession to anyone except with the permission of the British Government, were removed from the original file and forwarded to the Foreign Office in 1953. In these instances the former numbering sequence presents gaps, and these letters are replaced by folios indicating page numbers, sender, receiver, date and subject of the letter removed. These letters are now in FO 371/7723 and FO 371/104408.

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1 file (151 folios)
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The documents in the file are mostly arranged in chronological order.

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The main foliation is in pencil in encircled numbers in top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. of each folio. The numbering starts on the front cover with 1 and carries on until 153, which is the last number given on the back cover of the file. A former sequence runs from the first to the last folio of writing, pencil numbers (not circled) in top right recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. of each folio, not crossed through - the numbering runs 1-260 missing numerous numbers out. The reason is that some letters were removed from the original file to be forwarded to the Foreign Office in 1953, whereas the former numbering sequence presents gaps.

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