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'File 82/27 VII F. 88. QATAR OIL' [‎102r] (214/468)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (230 folios). It was created in 16 Apr 1935-28 Jun 1935. 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 3CHSDULE aTjove referred to
Pre-emption Clause .
In the event of a state of national emergency or
war (of the existence of which His tojesty's Government
shall tie the sole judge) -
(1) His Majesty's Government shall have the right
of pre-emption of all crude oil gotten under
the Concession granted by the Sheikh to the
Company and of all the products thereof and
shall have the right to require the Company to
the extent of any refining capacity it may have
in Qatar to produce oil fuel that shall comply
with the Admiralty specifications at the time
provided that Qatar oil be of a suitable kind
and quality for this purpose.
(2) The Company shall use its utmost endeavours to
increase so far as reasonably possible with
existing facilities the supply of oil and/or
products thereof for the Government to the
extent required by the Government.
(3) The company shall with every reasonable
expedition and so as to avoid demurrage on the
vessel or vessels engaged to convey the same,
do its utmost to deliver all oil or products
of oil purchased by the Government under their
said right of pre-emption in the quantities at
the time and in the xnanner required by the
Government at a convenient place of shipment
or at a place of storage in Qatar to be
determined by His Majesty's Government. In the
event of a vessel employed to carry any such
oil or products thereof on behalf of His
Majesty being detained on demurrage at the port
of loading the company shall pay the amount
due for demurrage according to the terms of
the charter party and/or the rates of loading
previously agreed with the Company unless the
delay is due to causes beyond the control of
the Company. Any dispute which may arise as
to whether the del^y is due to causes beyond
the control of the company shall be settled
by agreement between His Majesty's Government
and the Company, and, in default of such
agreement, the question shall be referred to
two arbitrators, one to be chosen by His
tt-jesty's Government (or the Political .Resident)
and the other by the company, with power to
appoint an umpire in case of disagreement, such
arbitration to be held in England and to be
deemed a reference to arbitration under the
provisions of the Arbitration Act of 1889 (52
and 53 Vict, c.49) of the Imperial Parliament,
or any statutory modification or re-enactment
thereof for the time being In force.

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The volume contains correspondence and telegrams 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 Government of India, 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. in London and Anglo-Persian Oil Company (APOC) representatives in regard to the final negotiations with the Sheikh of Qatar before the signing of the oil concession.

The volume contains:the Qatar oil concession, signed by the Shaikh of Qatar, ‘Abdullāh bin Jāsim Āl Thānī, and APOC on 17 May 1935, in Arabic and English (folios 67-86) 'Sketch map of Qatar Peninsula' (folio 87); agreement 5 June 1935 between the British Government and APOC regarding the Qatar Oil Concession (folios 211-212).

There are some letters in Arabic, to and from the Sheikh of Qatar.

Extent and format
1 volume (230 folios)

The documents in the volume are mostly arranged in chronological order. There are notes at the end of the volume, (folios 222-226). 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.

There is also an brief index at the beginning (f. 2) indicating the main topics covered in the volume.

Physical characteristics

The main 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 title page with 1, then 2-86; 87 and 87A and it carries on until 229, which is the last number given to the last folio of the volume.A second foliation sequence runs between ff. 3-220; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled, and can be found in the same position as the main sequence.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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