'File 10/3 VIII Qatar Oil Concession' [164v] (332/456)
The record is made up of 1 volume (226 folios). It was created in 9 May 1935-23 Nov 1935. 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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unreasonably withheld the Company shall have the right to use for the
purposes of its operations such harbours as may be developed by the Sheikh
or His Majesty's Government if there is not reasonable harbour accoinmodatioii
available elsewhere. Subject to the terms of the agreement between the
Company and the Sheikh harbours developed by the Company shall be under its
complete and exclusive control.
TELBGRA.PH, wireless and telephone installations, if any, maintained by
the Company shall be for use only in its business and as provided in the
concession, and shall be so constructed and operated that their operations
shall not interfere with the operations of such wireless, telegraph or
telephone installations as may be established by the Sheikh or His Majesty's
THE Company declare that it is their intention, should they consider
that commercial conditions justify it, to erect a refinery in Qatar. If and
when the Company is satisfied that commercial production is assured, the
Company agrees to examine with His Majesty's Government the question of
establishing a refinery in Qatar of suitable type and capacity.
IN the event of a state of national emergency or war (of the existence
of either of which His Majesty's Government shall be the sole judge) His
Majesty's Government shall have the right of pre-emption of all the oil
produced in Qatar in accordance with the terms of the schedule hereto.
IN the event of notice of termination of the Agreement between the
Company and the Sheikh being given on the ground that the Company has
failed to observe any of the terms of the present Agreement between the
Company and His Majesty's Government, the arbitration provisions of the
said Agreement between the Company and the Sheikh shall apply if the
Company considers that notice of termination on such grounds is not justi
fied, and in that event the Sheikh shall not cancel the said Agreement
until arbitration takes place in accordance with the said provisions and
unless the Company fails to comply with the award of the arbitrators
within the reasonable time which shall be fixed by the arbitrators for so
IN WITNESS whereof Leonard Day Wakely, C.B., on behalf of His
Majesty's Government has hereunto set his hand and seal and the Company
has hereunto caused its Common Seal to be affixed the day and year first
THE SCHEDULE above referred to
Pre-emption Clause . SIGNET
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of which His Majesty's Government shall be the sole judge) - joven
(l) His Majesty's Government shall have the right of pre-emption of jjohn
all Crude oil gotten under the Concession granted by the Sheikh to the j
Company and of all the products thereof and shall have the right to
require the Company to the extent of any refining capacity it may have in
Qatar to produce oil fuel that shall comply with the Admiralty specifica
tions at the time provided that Qatar oil be of a suitable kind and
quality for this purpose.
(2) The Company shall use its utmost endeavours to increase so far as
reasonably possible with existing facilities the supply of oil and/or
products thereof for the Government to the extent required by the
(3) The Company shall with every reasonable expedition and so as to
avoid demurrage on the vessel or vessels engaged to convey the sane,
its utmost to deliver all oil or products of oil purchased by the
Government under their said right of pre-emption in the quantities a
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The volume contains correspondence between 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. , the Secretary of State for India and the Sheikh of Qatar about the Qatar Oil Concession and the protection offered to Qatar from His Majesty's Government, in exchange for the Oil Concession granted to the Anglo-Persian Oil Company (APOC).
The volume includes:
- copies of the Concession and copies of correspondence with the Sheikh, in English and Arabic, and copies of the agreement between the British Government and APOC;
- draft clauses of pre-emption of oil in case of national emergency or war (ff. 38-39 and 74-75);
- correspondence from Air Headquarters 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. in Bahrain on the planning of an air reconnaissance of the neighbourhood in Doha;
- letters in English and Arabic from Political Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. informing the Shaikh of the reconnaissance and of the visit from 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. , who gave him a Medal in commemoration of the King-Emperor's Silver Jubilee (f. 140).
There is an index at the end of the volume (folios 215-221).
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- 1 volume (226 folios)
The papers in the volume are arranged chronologically. There is an index at the end of the volume (folios 215-221). The index is arranged chronologically and refers to documents within the volume; it gives brief description of the correspondence with a reference number, which refers back to that correspondence in the volume.
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The volume has a foliation number on the front top right of each folio. The numbering is in pencil, encircled, it starts on the first page of writing with 1, and ends on the back cover with 226. There is a second foliation, starting on f. 167 (numbered 167) and ending on f. 214 (numbered 193); the numbering from 193-212 reads right to left, as the document is in Arabic.
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