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'File 9/2 I Bahrain Reforms: Finances of the Bahrain Government' [‎32r] (82/556)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (259 folios). It was created in 10 Jun 1923-15 Aug 1933. 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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[email protected] Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company.
Oonfidentadl Bahrain
Persian Gul#^
17/12/23
T© 'fhe 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.
Bushir©.
Mam®ranciiHa Bah rain Reform s•
Yeur telegram S# llSj. With regard t© the peints rf-ised in Govern
ment of India llo 1688/s of Dec 8th.
(I) A Budget for one aenth is attached hereto.It is b^sed on the I
nyerage figures for - y^ar.It had be on prepared prior to the
receipt of your tolograa & it is hoped it will meet the purpose,
if it is ©Bsentiel to submit it to the G.^f India for a year the
figures n?ad siaply to be multiplied •
(2) I as of ©pinion that Custoas could not possibly be run by I
an h rsb or h'gyptian.Tbe %ler would much prefer an Englishman. ■
(3) I attach tho Muscat estimate for 100 levies. St what I consider H
would be a©re likely to be the actual cost.I consider tho wsges I
I have given would be the le st the men would be satisfied with B
hero .Muscat further forgot to include costk of rations which at
Muscat work out at Hs 7/8 por he? d per mensem.I here s 11 owed
H s ID per boad as prices ire probably slightly higherv hero I V
learn from Colonel Scott that they hr-ve an exceptionally che^p
arrangement for ri^tions there which m^y not prove p^cticeble here®
I hr^vfi - ls4 allowed Rs IJDO for a British Of ficer(not necessarily ■
for pay on^y but to cover T.A• & pensions contribution etc ) In
B.O
this connection please see my letter 3f date in which it is
proposed that this officer should perform Judicial duties in
addition.
(4). I have mentioned Van 3 3*8 school at Besra.Sh^ik Hamad did not I
appear to like tho iflea # he emphasised that ho would like them
to go to f Muh^amodsn InstStntion ^ himself suggested Alighor I
or some similar college. He would regard with the greatest

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The volume contains correspondence and papers relating to the finances of the Bahrain Government, and British officials' efforts to impose reforms on the Bahrain state finances.

Many of the letters in the volume are discussions 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 (Major Clive Daly until September 1926, thereafter Colonel Cyril Barrett) 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. (Lieutenant-Colonel Arthur Trevor until April 1924, thereafter Lieutenant-Colonel Francis Prideaux), about what needed to be done to regulate expenditure and generate income in Bahrain, with particular reference to the financial allowances given to members of the Al Khalifa family (for example folios 3-8, 27-29). The first monthly balance sheets, drawn up by Daly in December 1923, are enclosed (folios 32-38).

A large portion of the file is made up of monthly accounts sheets (including Bahrain civil lists), sent by Eastern Bank Limited to 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. (January 1924 accounts at folios 46-58, and subsequent months distributed throughout the volume). Correspondence from Claude de Grenier, Director of the Bahrain Customs House, enclosing customs house receipts and expenditure also figure prominently (for example, folios 80-81, 98-100). Notes on the annual Bahrain state budget for the Hijri years 1343 to 1346 (1924-1927), with balance sheets prepared by Daly (and later, Charles Dalrymple Belgrave) are also included in the file (folios 104-13, 187-90, 196-206, 231-46).

The file also contains correspondence from Prideaux to the Secretary of the Political Department at the 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. in Whitehall, dated 15 September 1925, indicating that Prideaux has found a man (Belgrave) qualified to work as a financial advisor to the Government of Bahrain (folios 168-69, 172B-175).

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1 volume (259 folios)
Arrangement

The contents of the volume have been arranged in approximate chronological order, from the earliest items at the beginning to the latest at the end.

Physical characteristics

Foliation: The main foliation sequence begins on the front cover and finishes on the back cover, using numbers written mainly in blue crayon (with additions, clarifications and corrections in pencil). The numbers are occasionally circled and are usually located 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, but can vary depending on the format of the folio.

The following foliation anomalies occur: 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, 1E and 1F; 157A and 157B. Foliation omissions: 61 and 179.

The following folios are fold-outs: 1, 37-38, 45, 48-53, 55-56, 58, 62-63, 66-68, 71-83, 95-100, 107, 111, 113 and 125-129.

The volume is tightly bound to the extent that the text on some items disappears into the gutter, making it difficult to read.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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