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'F-82 82/27 I: QATAR OIL' [‎303r] (632/730)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (361 folios). It was created in 11 Sep 1925-23 Feb 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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started on the IVth December, ihe a. P.O.G
representative was flue to arrive m getar on the 14tn
so tnat Ij . the Sheikh really intended, to niake progress
with the negotiations for a concession there would be
very little time to spare.
Mr. Laithwaite said that it was relevant that the
Company's application for a concession in ^atar raised
certain polioi cal issues which coulu not be dis'oosed of
without consultation with India and the Hesident, which
would take time, e.g. the issue of jurisdiction, which
with the Company
the sheikh h&d already raised/ and the bringing into
force of certain dormant articles of trie sheikii 1 s Treaty
kr. praser said the Company had no intention of
agreeing to the exercise of Jurisdiction by the Shaikh
over their employees. Mr. rtenuel suggested that on
this point it might help the A .P.O.C. in their
negotiations in Qatar vis ! -a-vis the standard Oil
Company of California or any other competitor if His
Majesty's Government were now/point out to the sheikh
that certain conditions as regards jurisdiction over
employees would apply in the case of any concession
which he might grant.
Mr. He am said that the A.P.O.G. understood that tte
Sneikh haa lately asked the political Hesident about the
procedure to he followed if a second Company came along
in search of a concession, which seemed to imply that
there was a real danger of the standard oil Company of
California coming in at Qatar.
. M; • Walton referred to Article 12 of the draft
concession circulated by Mr. Praser which provided for
the transfer of the concession from the A.P.O.C, to
another party and asked what the position was as regards
assignment and what the Company had in mind. Mr.Praser
explained that this provision had been inserted because

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The volume contains correspondence 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. at Bahrain and 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. at Bushire, the Shaikh of Qatar and the Anglo-Persian Oil Company (APOC) representatives, including Haji 'Abdullah Williamson, the Colonial Office and the Secretary of State for Colonies in London, regarding geologic surveys of Qatar and Trucial States, the concession of an exploration license in 1926 and its renewal with an agreement between the ‘Abdullāh bin Jāsim Āl Thānī, Sheikh of Qatar, and APOC, in 1932 (folios 57-59).

The volume also contains notes of meetings and correspondence regarding the early stages of the negotiations for the oil concession in Qatar, and the 1933 draft oil concessions (folios 120-125 and 248-268), with comments.

There are documents in Arabic, mainly letters to and from the Sheikh of Qatar. Some of the documents in the volume are marked as confidential.

Extent and format
1 volume (361 folios)

The documents in the volume are mostly arranged in chronological order. There are notes at the end of the volume, (folios 331-345). The file notes are arranged chronologically and refer to documents within the file; they give a brief description of the correspondence with reference numbers in red crayon, which refer back to that correspondence in the volume.

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The foliation is written in pencil, circled, and can be found in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio.

The numbering commences at the first folio with 1, 1A, 1B, 1C and 1D; then 2-47; 48 and 48A; 49-97; 98, 98A, 98B and 98C; 99-283; 284 and 284A; 285-308; 309 and 309A; 310-313; 314 and 314A; 315-337; 338 and 338A and terminates with 349, which is the last number given to the final folio of the volume.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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