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'File 10/3 III Qatar Oil Concession' [‎38r] (89/470)

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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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It was agreed that an understanding as to the right
oi pre-emption in time oi war was desirable and that
this should be indicated to the Company. As regards
refining they should be informed that it was regarded as
important that oil won should be refined either in ^atar
or in British territory ana that they should be asked ^
for an assurance on this. The possibility of Karachi |
was mentioned.
(a) British Gonurol *
The meeting consiaerea the tentative redraft of
Article 12 which had been put forward by Mr. Hearn at the
meeting on 14th December. Hie effect was to secure that
any company to which the concession might be transferred
would be a British Company, registered in Great Britain,
having its principal place of business in Great Britain,
and with a British subject at all times as Chairman, but
to give any such company the right to form subsidiaries
under its own control to work the concession which, while
enjoying the rights ana accepting the obligations of the
parent company under the Agreement, would be under no
restriction as regards nationality or British control.
It was agreed that the first paragraph of the redraft was
unobjectionable so far as it went. The second, paragraph
was unobjectionable if the woras "except the engagements
expressed in the final sentence of the preceding clause"
were omitted.
There would be no objection, if the Company thought
tnis would facilitate negotiations with the Sheikh, to.
leaving the question of British control out oi the
commercial agreements to be negotiated between them and

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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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'File 10/3 III Qatar Oil Concession' [‎38r] (89/470), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/2/412, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 3 July 2020]

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