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'File 82/1 [I] (F 52) A.P.O.C. and Oil Concessions Arab Coast' [‎83r] (165/307)

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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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oburchill ic not disposed to concur in tiiie oroposal, but
if your Coopany remain of tlio opinion that the very aubatantial
area of 400.000 acree, aurreeted by tuis Dipartaen^ is irr r JoquatR»
Ur« Churdiill ^11 be dontent to leave thio niatter ior mibuequont
diecusBion in the liriit of the evidence your Ooiapany "'ill
then be in a noeition to produce of the prorreoe rande under the
exploration licxaco.
As rorarde the queetion of relief iron Oueto ! IXioe
on plmit and material, introduced for the purposeo of tiie
ConcesBion, while a /^reeii^ that it would be undesirable to
place auy avoidable burden upon the produotlon of oil in its
initial sta/i-ea, Ur. Ciiurclu 11 as a matter oi nrindnlf , foi ls
himself unable to reooiruaend the u leikh of Kovcit to accord
permanent iraaunity of this nature to any particular industry,
either in rornrd to import dues in respect of plant, or er^ort
dues in renpec' ol production. However, subjt ct to my
observ tioji«,-' -r iioh you raav have to offer, Ur.Churchill is
nrepared to re com; len i to liie (Sheikh that your Conipnujp oiiould
be accorded freedom from import dues for a period oi ten years,
which arranrement he ip> disposed to tliilik -yould adequately meet
your re quirements•
I nui, etc.,
(id.) ii. fouur,
for the Under becretnry of Lt tc.
amolo i- mix 07Tj ;oo ly ltd.,
Britannic house.
Great incheoter street.
LOU dc . k.c.2.
12th y r, 19 •
The Under beoretf ry o^ ut^te.
Colonial Office, L. .1.
io ben* to ackiiO*?leji ^e receipt of your letter iio .7B374A9
of the 14th Aumist in rerard to the condi tio'ns under whi oi ^e are
prepared to take up orospectiiir lioencea over certain areas of tiie
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. littoral.
/ith regard to the area that the licence should cover
in the case of Ko'?eit f we nrree that under normal conditions a
neriod of four years for exribratory work ohould suffice to enable
ur to select a reduced aron.ior the nrospectinr liamoe.
Circumst .-mces, however, :aay be sudi as to preclude us, for
reasons beyond our control, from coracletinr our work of
investirataon within this period, and on this account we ore p-lad
to learn that ^r.Giurchill ic e/^reenblc to the question of the
area beiur It it for subsequent djscussioa, Jiavjnr rerard to the
ororresr under the toleration licence.
As rer-'irds the quest on of relief from Custom Dues on
lant and jiaterial, re note tho , le r .Umrchill io unaVde
o recori iend, as a matter of principle, p< rtaonent iraaunity, he is
prepared to r* coraaend to the Sheikh tliat we should be accorded
exenaf ion for a neriod of ten ye rs. ^uch an arranrenent ie
n : ) 1 he v r r'l- to icc .
e have et c.,
(Sd.) H.i-.. MO OUi.
Laiiafdnr Director.

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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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