'File 86/1 VI (D 97) Kuwait Oil' [174r] (370/486)
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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reluctance to quote me a figure for tke rent he expected to
get from us in the event of the Royal Air ^orce deciding to
lease the Shuwaikh site* He pointed out that he looked
upon himself and Kuisait as part of the British jJmpire, and
when it came to the demanding of rent frcm the Royal Air Force
for an area they might require for the possible defence of
Kuwait, and the Kuwait Oil Company (should the latter get
their concession), he felt faced with a real difficulty,. It
was of course up to him to assist, he said, in reducing the
rent he would charge to as moderate a figure as he possibly
could, seeing that the Royal Air Force were part of the armed
forces of His Majesty T s G-overnment etc* etc*, but he felt
that if he mentioned any figure at all he might fix on some-
thii]g too high and so be accused of ingratitude, or of trying
to squeeze money out of His Majesty's G-ovemment* This was
the last thing he wanted, and he ?/ould, he said, far prefer
that His Majesty's Government, advised by nie , should make
him an offer, which would be fair to himself and agreeable
to them* Were he dealing with a commercial concern, he added,
he would know how t o get the best for himself, but the Royal
Air Force was a different proposition*
5^ On my pointing out the unfairness of placing the
burden of a decision on His Majesty's Government, the dhaikh
turned to me and asked me to fix myself what I thought a
suitable and fair rental, assuring me that he had such
entire faith in my sense of what was fair, that anything
decided on would be acceptable. I ccntinued however to press
him for some sort of gi- figure, and eventually the Shaikh
reluctantly agreed to £*1200/- per annum*
6* The above figure as I said in my telegram, I do
not consider at all excessive, in view of the large and
valuable pioperty involved and in view of the fact that the
Quarantine buildings would be thrown in also* One must
About this item
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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