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File 10/1 VIII Bahrain Oil Concession [‎150r] (327/555)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (270 folios). It was created in 15 Apr 1934-3 Jul 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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information as "to ths action which haci bysn t&Ken in the
matter wouia he of value to the Company and was all that
they wanted to know for the moment.
4. Mining Lease desiderata . I informed
Mr. Ballantyne that we hoped to he in a position to
aiscuss next week the Company's reply on the question of
our Mining Lease desiderata. I had not yet received the
comments of the Petroleum Department, hut might perhaps
mention that one of the most important points on which our
requirements were unsatisfied appeared to he that of
commercial exploitable Quantity. He was aware of the
importance attached to this point hy the sheikh.
5- Mr. Ballantyne sale that he thought the Company
had gone a long way to meet any reasonable demands on this
question in their reply regarding the Sheikh's Mining Lease
desiderata and that if they started production without
further delay that was all that he could reasonably
require. I said that I did not think that that was the
case and that, while any remarks I might make must be
regarded as wholly provisional pending receipt of/advice
of the Petroleum Department, I doubted if the advance
represented by the amended Lease would really meet the
Sheikh's point. It was quite true that tne sheikh, under
the amended Lease woula be entitled to a minimum royalty
of Rs.30,000 throughout. But Mr. Ballantyne would agree
that that figure had been granted by the Company as
consideration for an extension of the prospecting licence
and was something quite separate from the payments which
the sheikh might expect to receive under tne Mining Lease.
The original Lease had contemplated a not unimportant
^crease in minimum, royalty payments on the Mining Lease

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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. in Bahrain, 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 Bushire and representatives of the Bahrain Petroleum Company Limited (BAPCO) on the storage tanks calibration for the purpose of calculating the royalties payable to the Sheikh of Bahrain and on the first shipments of oil from Bahrain to Japan and Singapore.

The volume includes a copy of the draft lease contract with notes (folios 55-64), newspaper cuttings on oil in Bahrain and House of Commons' questions on Bahrain (folios 204-205). There are letters in Arabic with English translation, to and from the Sheikh.

There is an index at the end of the volume (folios 248-258).

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1 volume (270 folios)

The documents in the volume are arranged in chronological order. There is an index at the end of the volume (folios 248-258). The index is arranged chronologically and refers to documents within the volume; it gives brief description of the correspondence with a reference number, which refers back to that correspondence in the volume.

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The main foliation system starts on the 5th sheet with 1 and finishes with 259, wich is the last number given, on the 5th sheet from the back of the volume; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled and may 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.

Foliation anomalies: 56A and 56B; 57A and 57B; 58A and 58B; 60A and 60B; 61A and 61B; 61A and 61B; 63A and 63B.

Foliation omissions: folio 233

A second foliation sequence starts on folio 14 and continues through to folio 247; the numbering for this sequence starts at 13. These numbers are also written in pencil and may be located in the same position as the main sequence.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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