'File 86/1 VI (D 97) Kuwait Oil' [60r] (140/486)
The record is made up of 1 volume (242 folios). It was created in 7 Feb 1934-30 Apr 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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TMs Agreement dated the day of 19 34 made
■ "between His Majesty 1 s Government in the United Kingdom
^ (hereinafter called TT His Majesty's Government") of the one part
and the Kuwait Oil Company Limited (hereinafter called TT the
Com,pany yjhich expression shall where the context so admits he
deemed to incl u de its s uccessors and/or assignees)of the ot her part>
Waereas in the event of the Kuwait Oil Co ipciiy obtaining a
ccncession from the S ..g U di of Koweit certain responsibilities YJill
devolve on H.I s Majesty's Government, the Company has agreed with
[ His Majesty's Government as follows:-
1. T:ie Koweit Oil Company, any transferee Coa^any and any
subsidiary Co...pan; that may be created shall be and remain a
British Company registered in the British Empire.
2o Notwithstanding anything contained in Article 14 of the
Agreement between the Company and the Sheikh the obligations and
benefits of that cgrccrnunt shall not be transferred to any other
company without the prior consent in writing of His Majesty's
| Government, and shall not be transferred to any company in ^hich
more than 50^ of the capital and voting power is directly or
■ indirectly controlled by persons other than British subjects.
| 3. The employees of the Company in Koweit shall at all times so
[ far as is consistent with the efficient carrying on of the
I undertaking be British subjects or subjects of the Sheikh of Kowoit
| With the consent of His Majesty's Government, which consent shall
not be unreasonably withheld, persons of other nationalities maybe
f employed if in the opinion of the Company they are required for the
| efficient carrying on of the undertaking.
Notwithstanding anything contained in Article 8 of the
j Agreement between the Company and the Sheikh of Koweit,, the
importation of foreign native labour shall be subject to the
approval 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. in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. .
4. One of the superior local employees of the Company shall bo
I designa.tcd, subject to the approval of His Majesty's Government,
chief local representative of the Company in Koweit.
He will be ordinarily resident at Kowoit and will be responsible
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The correspondence in the volume relates to three main areas of discussion:
- The Kuwait Oil Company's negotiations with the Shaikh of Kuwait, Aḥmad al-Jābir Āl Ṣabāḥ, for the granting of an oil concession in Kuwait. Included within the volume are copies of both the draft concession agreement, in Arabic and English, (folios 16-27) and copies of the political agreement between His Majesty's Government and the Kuwait Oil Company (folios 57-65, 71-80 and 83-84) as well as correspondence regarding particular clauses within both agreements. Also included are records of interviews between Harold Dickson, 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. Kuwait, and the Shaikh of Kuwait, 25-26 February 1934, discussing the Shaikh's thoughts on the draft concession presented to him (folios 28-35). The Kuwait Oil Company's negotiations were handled by Major Archibald Chisholm and Major Frank Holmes.
- The British Government's concerns over an oil concession for the Nejd-Kuwait Neutral Zone, and particularly the possibility of an American company receiving the concession from the Saudi Government. The correspondence is primarily between the Foreign Office, 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. and the British Legation at Jedda and seeks to determine what the position is between the Saudi Government and the two interested parties in the Neutral Zone concession: the Standard Oil Company of California and the Arabian Development Syndicate. Also included in the volume are records of two meetings held at the 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. between Sir Louis Kershaw, Deputy Under Secretary of State, and representatives of the Foreign Office, Admiralty, 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. and Petroleum Department to discuss the oil concession in the Neutral Zone, ways of attempting to ensure that British owned company secures the concession, and the difficulties of jurisdiction and protection of employees within the zone itself (folios 89-97 and 125-128).
- Correspondence between the Air Ministry, Air Officer Commanding , 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. Kuwait and the Shaikh of Kuwait regarding the lease of three sites within Kuwait: two at Jahra and Subaihiya [Şubayḩīyah] for use as landing grounds and one at Shuwaikh for use as an air base. The correspondence includes details of how the three sites are to be used and the conditions which the Shaikh of Kuwait places on their lease.
The volume also contains file notes (folios 220-225) which list each individual item of correspondence received and its date.
- Extent and format
- 1 volume (242 folios)
The contents of this volume have been arranged in chronological order.
At the back of the file are several folios of file notes (folios 220-225) which list each item of correspondence in the volume, with dates, and provides folio numbers (described as page numbers in the notes) in the margin to enable them to be used as an index.
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Foliation: The volume is foliated with pencil numbers, enclosed in a circle, located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. of each folio. The foliation sequence runs from front to back covers. There is an earlier foliation sequence which uses uncircled numbers in the top right corner of each recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. and runs intermittently from folios 2-30. The following foliation anomalies occur: 1A-1E, 16A, 27A, 56A, 57A, 128A, 186A. Folios 83 and 84 are fold-outs.
Watermark: The watermark EllamS can be found on folios 60 to 65.
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