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'File 10/3 III Qatar Oil Concession' [‎74r] (164/470)

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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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question arises Ion Baud should loe informed that H.M.G,
regard the Blue Line as his eastern boundary, even if
this involves consideration of a claim on the part of
H.M.G. that the western boundary of C^atar is so far to the
west as the Blue Line. If the adoption of this attitude
is approved it should afford a firm oasis on which to
deal with any effort on the part of Ibn 3aud to grant
"protection" in the hinterland of ^a,tar and East of the
Blue Line to any oil concessionnaires.
4. The Krant of protection to trie oheikh against
~ agression by lend .
The question will, however, be of less importance if
are prepared to accept responsibility for the
defence of Qatar against landward aggx'ession. (Compare in
this connection 3ir Hugh Biscoe's Despatch No.371-3 of
7th June 1932 (P^Z.35.20/32), and Oiptain Prior's Report
No.C.loO dated 20th August 1932 enclosed in Bushire
Despatch 611-3 of 26th August 1932 (p.Z.5451/32). It is
for the Air Ministry to say whether they would anticipate
any difficulty in granting the necessary protection were
H.M.G. to approve its grant in principle. It is for them
also to give such estimate as may be possible of the
probable financial burden of granting such protection.
Such information as is available about the area lying in
the hinterland of Qatar suggests that it is populated by
migratory Bedouin tribes who pay an informal and vague
allegiance to Ibn Saud, but who, for the most part, are
for practical purposes independent. Were the sheikhdom
of a.tar a rich and fertile area with good grazing grounds,
there might perhaps be a greater risk of frequent raiding
from the desert area. But so far as we are aware, this
is not the case and the principal inducement to raiders
would be such plunder as could be secured from the raiding

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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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