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'File 86/1 VI (D 97) Kuwait Oil' [‎95r] (210/486)

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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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The first thing t# d® was t® get the Iraq Petroleum Company
to agree t® conditions mere or less the same as those which
were proposed for Qatar, in exchange for which His Majesty's
Gorernment would offer to use their influence with the Sheikh
of Koweit and Ibn Saud in favour of the Company.
Mrt Bendel suggested that if the Iraq Petroleum Company
were successful in getting a concession, they might in practice
lease it out to the Koweit Oil Company and thus utilise the
latter's organisation and avoid a duplication of staff and
—otarXxng said that lit was noti'Sr&e, as Mr, Janson
had recently alleged at an interview at the Department of
Overseas Trade, th«t Major Holmes had had conversations about
this matter on behalf of the Syndicate with Mr. Eraser of the
Iraq Petroleum Company.
Mft L»ith7?aite explained that Major Holmes had himself
admitted to him in a recent interview, the record of which had
been circulated, that the conversations referred to had taken
place last year when the position in regard to the Neutral
Zone was much more indefinite but that Mr. Praser had refused
to have anything to do with him when he (Major Holmes) had
recently approached him by letter on the subject,
Mr* Starling said that he was confident that the Iraq
Petroleum Company would certainly avoid having any relations
with the Eastern and General Syndicate or the Ydlibi Group
in regard to a concession in the Neutral 2©ne, and he was
sure that if Mr, Praser were told that sterilisation, whieh
the Iraq Petroleum Company had been inclined to favour, was
impracticable, the Iraq Petroleum Company would be ready at
once to become a competitor for a ooneession. There need

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The correspondence in the volume relates to three main areas of discussion:

The volume also contains file notes (folios 220-225) which list each individual item of correspondence received and its date.

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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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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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'File 86/1 VI (D 97) Kuwait Oil' [‎95r] (210/486), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/1/642, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 9 December 2019]

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