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'File 10/3 III Qatar Oil Concession' [‎51r] (115/470)

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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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0. ihc b^cretary of State agrees with the suggestion,
which has been made in inter-departmental discussions, that
the various political safeguards desired in. connection with
the grant of oil concessions by the Sheikhs of Qatr and
Koweit should bo embodied in agreements to be concluded
between His Majesty's Government and the companies concerned.
Ho also agrees that it is desirable not to insist on such
conditions as the Anglo-Persian Oil Company and the new
Anglo-imerican Company in Qatr and Koweit respectively,
would clearly be unable to accept. But the importance of
the safeguard in regard to the nationality of local
porsonncl is so great that he suggests, firstly, that
we should aim at securing its embodiment in the Q^tr and
Koweit agreements to the fullest extent that may be possible,
ana secondly, that our minimua requirement should bo a clause
following that agreed to by the Bahrein Petroleum Company
slightly modified so as to provide that as many of the
local employees of the Company as is consistent, in the
judgment of the Company with the efficient carrying on
of the undertaking shall at all times be British subjects
or subjects of the Sheikh. This, it is suggested, should
be the absolute minimum but every effort would bo made to
induce the Companies to agree to the omission of the words
in the judgment of the Company" as otherwise it might not
be possible to question in any way the action of the Cumpany
in regard to the number of its foreign employees.
^• Sir Sdiuuel rloare would be grateful for a very early
reply to this letter. As the Secretary of State for Foreign
-iffairs is aware, the matter is urgent since agreements
between the Companies and the Sheikhs concerned cannot be
brought into force - and ought, perhaps,, not to be

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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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