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File 10/1 VIII Bahrain Oil Concession [‎151r] (329/555)

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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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being taken out, and the Sheikh, now ttiat the minimum
payment during the interim period was fixed at Rs.30,000,
might reasonably expect some advance on that figure on the
Mining Lease coming into operation. Tiie figures which I
suggested to him in one of our earlier interviews had been
a minimum annual payment on the basis of, say, Rs.30,000
for the first two years, Rs.60,000 for the next three
years 5 and Rs.100,000 thereafter,
^ • hir.Ballantyne said he could not see what
justification there was for the making of a substantially
higher payment to the Sheikh on the Mining Lease coming
into operation.
I replied that we understood that the Company
were proposing to proauce at the rate of 5,000 barrels a
aay from June or July of this year. If, in fact, they
were to produce on a substantial scale, then, speaking
personally, I was quite prepared to agree that the Sheikh
might have no very strong claim to a higner minimum rate
of royalty, since the royalties which he woula receive
consequent on such substantial production would be
sufficiently considerable to safeguard his interests.
But the contingency which should not be overlooked
(regarding the matter from the point of view of the sheikh)
was the possibility of the Company, for whatever reason,
ceasing to produce on a really substantial scale.
(Mr. Ballantyne interjected that there was no risk, so far
as he was aware, of the Company using Bahrein as a reserve
oil field). It clearly would be of great importance to the
Sheikh to safeguard himself against the risk of this by
securing a fairly substantial minimum royalty. If, on the
other hand, the Company had no intention of reducing

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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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