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'File 10/3 III Qatar Oil Concession' [‎26r] (64/470)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (223 folios). It was created in 27 Jan 1934-24 Mar 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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consideration in this connection of certain special
restrictions, arising out of political conditions in Qatar,
which would apply to all Companies applying for concessions
whatever their nationality.
Ill* A . rrocedure.
On the question of procedure, Mr»Laithwaite said
that as the A.P.O*C» were apparently willing to cover certain
points of special interest to H.M.G. in an exchange of letters
(which must of course he of a character binding on the
Company and on any transferees or assignees), the simplest
course, in the light of previous informal discussion with the
Foreign Office, and subject to the viev/s of the meeting,
a-ope a red to "b e that there shou-id be •
(a) an agreement between the Company and the Sheikh which
should be purely commercial in character, possibly on the
general lines of the revised draft concession which the
Company had now submitted, with such modification of Article
12 and such minor amendments in other articles as might he
thought necessary;
(D) a subsidiary agreement between the A.P.O.C. and H.M.O. to
cover matters of interest primarily to H.M.G. and the Company,
rather than to H.M.G. and the Sheikh, or to the Company and the
Sheikh, and to deal essentially with political points,
agreement, which should be binding not only on the Company,
but on any assignee or transferee company, could be either an
exchange of letters or a formal agreement, perhaps preierably
the latter. The Company at the discussion on 14th Deceube
^ had indicated their readiness to deal with certain points of
^ this character in an exchange of letters. Such an
agreement could cover, e.g. safeguards for aerodromes ^nd
seaplane bases, safeguards for wireless and other
' communications, undertakings by th« Company that they^wou:^

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The volume contains 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. in 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. in Bahrain and the Secretary of State for India, on the Qatar oil concession, on the Southern boundary of Qatar and on the role of Ibn Saud in the negotiation.

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There is an index at the end of the volume ( folios 211-216).

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1 volume (223 folios)

The papers in this file are arranged in chronological order. There is an index at the end of the volume, on folios 211-216. 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 is on top right-hand corner, starting on the first page of writing and finishing on the back cover. The numbering is in pencil, enclosed by a circle and starts with 1, then 115, 116A, 116B, 116C, then carries on until 221, which is the last number given. There is a second pagination on the top right corner, uncircled, starting on folio 22 (numbered 21) to folio 100 (numbered 99) and then from folio 116a (numbered 113) until folio 210 (numbered 207).

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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