'File 10/1 IV Bahrain Oil Concession' [24r] (62/476)
The record is made up of 1 volume (238 folios). It was created in 31 Jul 1933-4 Oct 1933. 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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Territorial Waters. As agreed inter-departmentally
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we made no reference yesterday in our letter to the
Company dated 1st August No.P.Z.4649/33 to territorial
waters, in view of the uncertainty as to the intentions
of 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. and the Sheikh in this matter.
The Ccmpany will, however, almost certainly raise the
point, and it would be well to "be prepared with a reply.
So far as we are concerned here our reply can "be that
we have communicated the Sheikh's offer as we received
it and we must refer the point to him. Sut we ought, I
think, to be prepared simultaneously to advise him as to
the line to be taken in regard to it.
I have gone carefully through the concession of
1925 and the schedules appended to it. There appears
nowhere to be any specific reference to territorial
waters. Further, on a reasonable construction of the
document as a whole it would, I think, be fair to sajr
that it has land and not marine territories in view.
On the other hand something must, as you suggested this
morning, turn on general practice in the construction of
oil agreements, and I gather from what you said that
general practice would be constitiedtregarding an agreement
such as the present as prohibiting drilling operations
even below low water mark. If, in the light of your
views and as a result of further consideration we cane
to the conclusion that the existing concession can
reasonably be construed as extending to the territorial
waters of the Sheikh's territories, the limits of any
fresh concession to be granted in respect of the area
still unallotted once the Company have taken up the area
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The volume mainly contains correspondence, telegrams and notes of meetings between 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, 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 Secretary of State for India, the Financial Adviser to the Government in Bahrain, Charles Darlymple Belgrave, and representatives of the Bahrain Petroleum Company Limited (BAPCO) on the Bahrain Oil Concession. The volume also contains correspondence and notes of meetings on the aquisitition of oil rights over an additional area, including the territorial waters of the Bahrain Islands. There are also letters in Arabic to and from the Sheikh of Bahrain, Hamad Bin Issa Al-Khalifah, and confidential correspondence regarding the resignation of Major Holmes from Chief Local Representative of BAPCO, and the translation of a speech read in his honour by Ali bin Hussein (folios 201-203). Some of the documents in the volume are marked as confidential. There is an index at the end of the volume (folios 217-227).
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The documents in the volume are arranged in chronological order. There is an index at the end of the volume (folios 217-227). The index is arranged chronologically and refers to documents within the volume; it gives brief description of the correspondence with a reference number in ink crayon or pencil, which refers back to that correspondence in the volume.
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The main foliation sequence is circled in pencil, at the top of each folio. It begins on the first page of writing, on number 2, and runs through to 233, ending on the inside of the back cover of the volume.
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