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'F-82 82/27 I: QATAR OIL' [‎304r] (634/730)

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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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any concession would have to be handed over to the
I.P.C,, (in which British interests were represented
Dy tne A*Psnd dy the 3riti sli element in ixis sh-Qll
group). If a subsidiary company were then formed
the A.P.O.C. would claini and woula have a percentage
of interest in it not less than the percentage (23f}
of their interest in the Iraq petroleum Company.
Such a company might, indeed, contain a larger British
element than the I.P.C. if, for example, the French
interests represented in the latter aid not wish to
share in the new operations at Qatar. The A.P.O.C.
of course wanted any new company to he as British as

possible and ne reminded the meeting that the
alternative, that is the standard Oil Company of
California, was a purely American Company. He
mentioned that nobody knew how the standard Oil
Company of California intended to market the oil
which it obtained from Bahrein or Hasa, since tho
various Standard groups had nover yet been known to
compote with one another in marketing ^.3. Tie Petroleum
Dopartmcnt state that there tire several standard G-roupjB/^
Mr. Laithwaite asked whether, if tne Qatar
concession were handed over to the Iraq petroleum
Company the exploitation of the concession would still
be British. we attached much importance, both on
general grounds and because of the difficult question
of jurisdiction that might arise, to keeping
exploitation here (and in Koweit) wholly in British
hands. Mr. Praser .said that the personnel of the
I.P.C. in Iraq was mostly British, since this had
been found convenient by all parties concerned, though
in theory the other participants in the I.p.C. could

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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.

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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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