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'File 82/27 VIII F 91 QATAR OIL' [‎71r] (154/468)

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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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>09/1 Pt.6
K f S.W.I.
4th Septairiber 1956» L
(2 a
Dear GltTason, '
/1th oforenpm to your latter to Giffard of the 21st
• ur'ust {J-•i;•6032/36) eoncemin-r the proposed transfer the
atar ConoeBBion o >. etroleum Development (Qatar) Ltd., ma
our telephone conversation on the subject, I nm write to ^
let you have oixr views on this question# ( f 5
i-etrole™ Development (\;atar) Ltd* wes ditl^r f^egistered
on ■ 1st August hut so far the Chairman and Board of Directors
ha® not "been appointed and there is as yot no information
/ I
evailahie as to who are the shareholding• ccording to
.bongrigg 1 s letter to "-alton of 15th ngust,
Development Qatar) Ltd* will be a auheldiary company of
■0trole:H?i ConcettBions Ltd* 9 and we have been informed
unofficially hy the F#C«L* that the Chairman will be Sir
John Cadrnan and that he Board will he identical with the
F#-C* j * Board* In these eircumatance®, %m think no object ion
can be raised to the transfer of the Commercial Agreement
from the agio-Persian oil Company to Petroleum Develorrient
(Qat- r j Ltd« provided tiiat the latter co^ mny agree to enter
into an agreement with H• '-i•Govemnent assuming esponsibility
for carrying out all the provisions of the Qatar Political
. rreement wit: the a^ientoent ^estad in paragraph 3 of
Starling's letter of 30th July, ^•D«21(9). (F#D#{a*) Ltd*
would of course be oubst tuted for r*C»L* in that amendment.)
Althoi h it is the intention, that ..c»L* should
subacrltw? to the politico! agreements\in the ceee of the
Tmclal Shelkhdwne mABtihreln, I think t. nt an exception
s - :i - ' M* _

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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)

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.

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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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