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'File 82/27 VIII F 91 QATAR OIL' [‎35r] (78/468)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (230 folios). It was created in 24 Jul 1935-15 May 1937. 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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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. .
Confidential.
Memo. B. 445
Political Agreement of 5th June 1935 between His Majesty's
GoYernment in the United Kingdom and the Anglo-Persian
Oil Company, Limited.
THIS AGREEMENT dated the Fifth day of June, One thousand nine hundred
and thirty-five, is made BETWEEN His Majesty's Government in the United
Kingdom (hereinafter called "His Majesty's Government") of the one part
and the Anglo-Persian Oil Company, Limited (hereinafter called " the
Company," which expression shall where the context so admits be deemed to
include its successors and/or assignees) of the other part.
WHEREAS in the event of the Company obtaining a concession from the Sheikh
of Qatar (hereinafter called "the Sheikh") certain responsibilities will devolve on
His Majesty's Government, the Company has agreed with His Majesty's Government
as follows :—
1. Notwithstanding anything contained in Article 12 of the Agreement between
the Company and the Sheikh, that agreement shall not be transferred to any other
company without the prior consent in writing of His Majesty's Government, and
any other company to which that agreement may be transferred shall be and
remain a British company registered in Great Britain and having its principal
place of business in Great Britain, and its Chairman shall at all times be a British
subject.
2. Notwithstanding anything contained in Article 12 of the Agreement between
the Company and the Sheikh, any subsidiary company shall be and remain a British
company registered in Great Britain and having its principal place of business in
Great Britain, and its Chairman shall at all times be a British subject.
3. The employees of the Company in Qatar shall at all times be British subjects
or subjects of the Sheikh, provided that, with the consent of His Majesty's Govern
ment, such persons of other nationality as are required for the efficient carrying on
of the undertaking may be employed.
Notwithstanding anything contained in the Agreement between the Company
and the Sheikh, the importation of foreign native labour shall be subject to the
approval of 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 the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. .
4. For the purpose of dealing with the Qatar authorities one of the superior
local employees of the Company, who shall be a British subject, shall be designated
chief local representative of the Company in Qatar. The approval of His Majesty's
Government shall be required for the person so designated. He will be ordinarily
resident in Qatar and will be responsible for the Company's local relations with the
Qatar authorities, which shall be conducted through the political representative of
His Majesty's Government in Qatar if and when such a representative is appointed.
5. Subject to the terms of the Agreement between the Company and the Sheikh
the Company undertakes at all times to pay due deference to the wishes of the
Sheikh and to the advice of the political representative (if any) of His Majesty's
Government in Qatar 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. in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. .
_ 6. Any right given to the Company under its agreement with the Sheikh to
utilise means of transportation b}?-air shall be subject to any general regulations
for civil aircraft made by the Sheikh on the advice of Elis Majesty's Government.
7. Notwithstanding anything contained in the Agreement between the Company
and the Sheikh the Company shall not have the right to use or occupy, and shall
not include in the areas to be acquired or utilised for the purposes of its operations^
any sites which may have been selected by or on behalf of the Sheikh or His
P.Z. 3209/35.
4558 b

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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, Anglo-Persian Oil Company (APOC) representatives and ‘Abdullāh bin Jāsim Āl Thānī, Sheikh of Qatar, in regard to the oil concession and the beginning of the oil exploration in Qatar. The volume includes: Programme of operations in Qatar from November 1936 to May 1937 (folios 110-118) and 'General and brief note on the water drilling operations of Petroleum Concessions Limited in Qatar' (folios 209-212).

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

Extent and format
1 volume (230 folios)
Arrangement

The documents in the volume are mostly arranged in chronological order. There are notes at the end of the volume, (folios 215-221). 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 2-37; 38 and 38A; 39-55; 56 and 56A; 57-198; 199 and 199A; 200 and 200A; 201-217; 218 and 218A and it carries on until 225, which is the last number given to the back cover. There is also a second foliation sequence, incomplete.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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