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File 10/5 II Hasa oil: CASOC's activities in Hasa; development of Ras Tannura; Political Agent's visit to Hasa [‎84r] (182/656)

The record is made up of 1 volume (326 folios). It was created in 7 Jan 1935-26 Mar 1941. 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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4. This, so Wills said, was a possible, although
highly inconvenient, arrangement so far as the labour side of
the question was concerned. But it did not solve the problem
of checking and passing the goods on shore. There was no
such thing as a trained Saudi-Arabian tally clerk, even if the
firm were willing to he represented exclusively "by Saudi
Arabians. For a start at least it was essential that a
European manager and a Bahrein assistant should be allowed to
live at the port. They were Quite willing to pay the Saudi
Government the same "fine 0 of 10% as they paid the Bahrein
Government on the business which they handled.
5. Wills said he fully realised the natural reluctance
of the Saudi Arabian authorities to complicate matters for
themselves by allowing stray Europeans to live in places where
their presence was not absolutely essential. He did not ask
for representations or enquiries at this stage, assuming the
Foreign Office were willing to make them, as he found that in
these affairs it usually paid to take the line that the firm
was working in the Saudi Arabian interest, wished to conform
in every way to the requirements of the Saudi Arabian
authorities, and to take things up direct with the authorities
as a Saudi firm would. The difficulty, however, was how to
get at these authorities. It was useless trying to do anything
on the Hasa Coast and it was no use, according to Sir Reader
Bullard, sending anyone to Jedda.
6. In the circumstances, he thought (since I had told
him that there were no Ministers in the suite of the two Bmirs)
that it would be well for him to go to see the Saudi Arabian
Minister in London, tacitly assuming that the restriction
on landing applied only to lighter cre¥/s, and ask for advice
as to how his manager and assistant should proceed with
regard to visas, local registration, etc. This would at
least lead to an enquiry from the Minister, (i.e. from another
quarter), reaching the Saudi Government, and probably the
King/

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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 on the oil concession in Saudi Arabia, the activities of California Arabian Standard Oil Company (CASOC) in Hasa, Saudi Arabia, and the development of the port and the refinery at Ras Tannura (also mentioned as Ras Tanurah). There are also documents on 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. 's visit to Hasa, in May 1939, including his report (folios 149-157). Also of interest: 'Copy of text of "Oil" Agreement between the "Standard Oil of California" and H.M. King Abdul-Aziz Al Saud' (folios 21-30).

There are notes at the end of the volume (folios 305-322).

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1 volume (326 folios)
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The documents in the volume are arranged in chronological order. There are notes at the end of the volume (folios 305-322). The notes are arranged chronologically and refer to documents within the file; they give brief description of the correspondence with a reference number, which refers back to that correspondence in the file.

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The foliation is in pencil in the top right corner. The numbering begins with the first (5th folio from the front) and ends with last page of writing (4th folio from the back). Between 103-112 and 173-179, folios are paginated on both sides.

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File 10/5 II Hasa oil: CASOC's activities in Hasa; development of Ras Tannura; Political Agent's visit to Hasa [‎84r] (182/656), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/2/422, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100023989481.0x0000b7> [accessed 26 February 2020]

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