'File 10/1 IV Bahrain Oil Concession' [85r] (184/476)
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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12th June, 1930, is entitled to complain if the Company
have not observed Condition 0., and that Condition implies
that Major Holmes will be available when the Sheikh or any
local authority wishes to discuss with him as the Oompany's
chief local representative any matters touching or arising
out of the Concession. The constant presence of a
representative with full powers is obviously desirable
to ensure that all questions arising between the Company
and the local authorities may be promptly dealt with,
and in my opinion this is what Condition C. was intended
As regards the interests of His Majesty's G-overnment,
they appear to be safeguarded by the provision that all
communications which the chief local representative of the
Company may desire to address to the Sheikh shall be made
through the British 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 Bahrein. The
additional provision that the chief local representative
is to be a person whose appointment requires the approval
of His Majesty's Government was no doubt designed to secure
that he should be a person who might reasonably be expected,
consistently with his duty to his own employers, not to act
or advise the Company to act in a manner which might be
detrimental to the interests of Hi& M&iesty's G-overnment -
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but there is in my opinion no implied term in the Agreement
that Major Holmes is to be regarded, in the words of the
letter of the 31st ultimo, as holding a watching brief for
His Majesty's Government, the latter, as I read Condition C
being content to rely upon their personal knowledge of the
character of the person whose appointment they approved.
The chief local representative is exclusively a
servant of the Company and there is nothing in Condition G.
which would entitle His Majesty's, Government to demand his
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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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- 1 volume (238 folios)
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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