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'File 10/1 (Vol V) Oils and Minerals. Bahrain Oil Concession.' [‎59r] (129/592)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (294 folios). It was created in 5 Oct 1933-26 Nov 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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additional financial Durden over a longer period.
10. After discussion it was agreed that the aznendment
might at any rate he put to the Company ana their reaction
Articles III ana IX .
Petroleum Department "proposal .
11. "It shoula he noted that the annual dead rent payable
hy the Company remains at Hs. 10,000 per annum ior five years,
or until the Company declares that oil has heen found in
conmercially exploitable quantities, after which the dead
rent becomes Rs.30,000. In view of the extensions which
have "been granted to the Company and the fact that oil has
already heen proved m two wells, it is perhaps worth
consiaering whether they could not he asked, in return for
the further extension of the prospecting licence which they
are now demanding, to make an annual payment of Rs.30,000
at an earlier date than that provided in the form of lease.
as at present provided the Company need not make trie
declaration until five years from the date of the mining
12. Considerable discussion took place as to the
aesiraDility of suggesting to the Company the moaification
proposed. Lr. Starling saia that since putting forward this
suggestion he had given further consideration to the matter.
Under suo-paragraph 2 of Article IX of the mining lease it
was open to the shaikh, on the advice of the Political
^usiaent, to take the Company to arbitration over the
■-iUesuion oi commercial exploitation, and this action might
00 J u sti±iea after the mining lease had been in force for a
^oiupdralively short period. It was not of course desirable
to throw any doubt on the rights of the Shaikh in this
connection. .»ith the object of avoiding such a dispute it
mi glit/

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The volume mainly 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, 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 Secretary of State for India, the Adviser to the Government in Bahrain, Charles Darlymple Belgrave, and representatives of the Bahrain Petroleum Company Limited (BAPCO) on the Bahrain Oil Concession, on a refinery to be built on Bahrain Island, and on the affairs of the Bahrain Petroleum Company. The volume also contains correspondence on the resignation of Major Frank Holmes from Chief Local Representative of BAPCO, who was replaced by E. A. Skinner. There are also letters in Arabic to and from the Sheikh of Bahrain, Hamad Bin Issa Al-Khalifah. There is an index at the end of the volume (folios 272-282).

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1 volume (294 folios)

The documents in the volume are arranged in chronological order. There is an index at the end of the volume (folios 272-282). The index is arranged chronologically and refers to documents within the volume; it gives brief description of the correspondence with a reference number in ink crayon or pencil, which refers back to that correspondence in the volume.

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The main foliation is written in pencil, encircled and can be found in the top right of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. of each folio. The numbering starts at the first page of writing, then 69, 70a, 70b, and carries on until 282, which is the last number given on the last page of writing (6th folio from the back of the volume). There is also another foliation system, which is inconsistent.

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