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'F 83 File 82/27-II QATAR OIL' [‎11r] (36/630)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (310 folios). It was created in 2 Jan 1934-1 Mar 1934. It was written in English. 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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6.
their purpose, erefineries, pumping stations, harbours,
pipelines, workshops, etc. The meeting was inclined to think that
the simplest course might be to draw a distinction between
constructions of this nature and communications taken in a broad
sense - wireless, roads, railways, etc. - and that in discussions
with the Company we should aim in the first place at making the
Company's rights under the first sub-paragraph of the article
subject "to the agreement of the Sheikh which shall not be
unreasonably withheld". (The Petroleum Department did not wish
to support any arrangement which gave the Sheikh the right to
interfere with the construction of any works See . necessary to the
operations of the Company, and pointed out that roads, small-
gauge railways and telephones were an essential part of any large
scale operations.) If this proved impossible to endeavour to
make a special exception in respect of conmunications and wireless,
putting them on a different footing from the other matters referred
to. It was thought that here, as in the case of Article 2, the
importance of walking extremely carefully, having regard to local
conditions, might be impressed on the Company.
( c ) Mr.Warner raised the question whether steps should be
taken to secure the participation of the political authorities in
dealings between the Company and the Sheikh after the granting of
the Concession. Mr.Laithwaite t while agreeing as to the
j desirability in principle of ensuring this, drew attention to the
j difficulty of requiring or enforcing it so long as we had no
resident political representative in C^atar.
Article 7^ ( a ) was a g ree< i that the desirability of
specifically safeguarding the position of any aerodromes acquired
0 u us in Qatar should be considered in connection with this article.
(b) Attention was drawn to the possibility that considerable
^reas might be in the possession, not of the Sheikh, but (as
ppeared in the past to have been the case elsewhere on the Arab
littoral) of the Jowasimi Arabs* That was, however, a point for the
C ompany.

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The volume contains correspondence 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, the Anglo-Persian Oil Company (APOC) representatives and 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 London, regarding the political situation in Qatar, the southern boundary of Qatar and the Oil Concession.

The volume also contains 'Note on conversation on 15 December 1933 with Mr G.W. Rendel, Foreign Office, on future policy in regard to Qatar.' (folios 68-78), draft 'Qatar Concession', 11 December 1933 (folios 102-110) and 'Mr. Williamson's Political Note on Qatar', with genealogical tree of the Al Thani family, 15 January 1934 (folios 125-135).

There are two maps within the volume: a blueprint on folio 148, 'Geological Sketch Map of Qatar Peninsula', produced during a geological survey of Qatar, showing villages, deserted buildings, water wells, roads and routes and a 'Sketch Map of Qatar Peninsula' (folio 285).

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1 volume (310 folios)
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The documents in the volume are mostly arranged in chronological order. There are notes at the end of the volume, (folios 298-302). The file notes are arranged chronologically and refer to documents within the file; they give brief description of the correspondence with reference numbers in red crayon, which refer back to that correspondence in the volume.

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The foliation is written in pencil 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 begins on the title page with 1;1A; 1B and ends on the inside of the back cover, on number 308. There is another foliation sequence, which is incomplete.

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