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'File 10/3 III Qatar Oil Concession' [‎32r] (76/470)

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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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Mr»Starlinp: . reverting to his previous remarks,
enquired whether, if we so stiffened up our conditions
that the I.P,C. dropped out, we should feel quite sure
tha.t we could impose the same conditions on an American
Company, e.g. the Standard Oil Ccmpany of California.
Mr.Laithwaite said that he thought our general view
was that such conditions as may be laid down should apply
to any Ccmpany, whether British or foreign. The two
important points were control and exploitation; and it
would have to be decided what our minimum requirements in
respect of them were to be. If H.M.G. decided to lay
down the principle that both control and exploitation
must be British, whatever might be the nationality of the
Company ultimately controlling the concession, and we could
secure acceptance of these terms from any concessionaire,
so much the better. If it proved impossible in practice
to go so far, and to secure effective British control , then
we ought as a minimum to require that local representation
and exploitation should be in British hands. We could
make a good case for this on the ground of the special
local political difficulties of Q.atar, where we should be
dealing with a State with ill-defined boundaries, a
backward and scattered population, hitherto little in touch
with the outside world, and not easily susceptible to
pressure by H.M.G. The Sheikh was precluded by his
treaty engagements from dealings with foreign pov/ers -
engagements to which it was regarded as desirable to hold
him. If foreign subjects were massacred in Q,atar by a
tribal uprising or the like, responsibility for securing
effective punishment would thus fall on K.M.G. , and here
as in dealing with air procedure we might reasonably take
the line that while we were prepared to face certain

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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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