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'File 82/27 VIII F 91 QATAR OIL' [‎128r] (268/468)

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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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Tlie Company are prepared to pay Rs.1000 for the
two representatives.
The money should be paid direct to the representa<
tives and not to the Sheikh.
Should the Sheikh not agree and order the
present operations to stop the Company are
prepared to withdraw the Staff and would consider
Suspension of the Ruler's dues under Art. 4 of
the convention (presumably at present the annual
payment) during the period of the suspension.
If the Kuwait analogy is accepted as far as
the payments to the Arab representatives are
concerned Rs.1000 is insufficient to cover
two representatives.
The figure of Rs.800 siad to be paid to the
Arab representative at Kuwait presumably rules
out Hamad and will result, in all probability,
in his becoming obstructive in the future.
The present Sheikh presumably cannot
livevery much longer and it is a matter for
consideration and possible presentation to
London this factor should be borne in mind
the present juncture.
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Is the Kuwait precedent to be allowed to in
fluence the decisions in whole or part.
Is Sheikh Hamad to be eliminated as a possible
candidate for the senior representative. If
ao the figure of Rw.800 seems reasonable for
any one else bearing in mind "position & duties"
Is the amount decided on to be paid through
the Sheikh or direct to the representatives.
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The ruler may take serious exception to the latter/
Salaries suggested for the senior and second
May it be suggested to the Sheikh in any letter sent
by 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. that the present water drilling
operations in his own interests should not be in—
terupted pending final settlement of the question of
the representatives.
Could it be suggested also to the Sheikh as the
Political Department have been interested in security
questions that 14 guards are ample for the present
water drilling operations.

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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.

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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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