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File 10/1 VIII Bahrain Oil Concession [‎160r] (347/555)

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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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quant iuies, tli8,t oil has been discovered in "commercially
exploitable quantities". m seeking to secure exemption from
taxes and cusuoms duties for a period of 10 years from the date
of the lease the Company appears to be trying to secure a
substantial new concession.
I g is no g suggested that this should necessarily be
tuined down, but it will be a useful counter in the bargaining
on cei tain points where tlie Company has not yet met our desires.
Article IY . /Thenumbering ofthis Article has not been altered
in the copy furnished to the Petroleum Department./
The second paragraph has been redrafted (see Eider C page
3) and subject to the addition of the words "arising in Bahrein"
after the word "cause" in line 2 of the new paragraph, this
might be accepted.
Article Y . No comment by the Petroleum Department.
This article contains on page 4 the new paragraph as to
jurisdiction over dbreigners to which reference is made above on
page 1.
Article YE . No comment by Petroleum Department.
Articles 1/11 and YIII . It will be convenient to discuss these
two Articles together, as they' deal with the question of royalty

In these Articles, as revised, the Company has made
provision intended to meet our requirements set out in A 2,
( measurement and accounts ) , B (old Article III) (j. 0 y a I"fcrv r on a II
oil -produced ) . and B (old Article YIII) on natural gas
and casinghead gasolin e) of the schedule of amendments.
The following comments arise on these points:-
(a) Measurement ani Accounts : The clauses which have been
inserted are those which were accepted 'in the Supplementary
Agreement of 15th February, 1933.
(b) Boyalty on all oil produced;
The Petroleum Department suggested that the only oil

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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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