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'Government of Bahrain Annual Report for Year 1358 (February1939 - February 1940)' [‎129r] (15/86)

The record is made up of 1 volume (42 folios). It was created in 1940. 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 Documents collected in a private capacity. .

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Note on Revenue 1358.
The estimated revenue was Us. 42,41,500, the actual revenue was
Rs. 45,78,600.
With one exception the actual receipts from all sources equalled or exceeded
the estimated amounts. The sum of Rs. 4,00,000 which was expected during the
year on account of the oil concession over the additional area was not received
during 1358; customs receipts however amounted to Rs. 4,28,000 more than had been
anticipated and the oil royalty produced Rs. 2,35,000 more than the estimated
revenue.
Total revenue was Rs. 2,33,000 less than in 1357.
The oil royalty decreased by approximately Rs. 3,00,000 and customs receipts
were Rs. 60,000 less than in 1357.
None of the sources of revenue require particular explanation except Land
Revenue, Rfc. 75,000, which is abnormally high owing to the receipt of Rs. 34,000
from the Air Ministry on account of outstanding rents of the aerodrome and the
price of land at Muharraq, sold to the Royal Air Force, of which the price of
Government land was approximately Rs. 18,000.

Note on Expenditure 1358.
Estimated expenditure for 1358 was Rs. 31,41,000, actual expenditure was
Rs. 36,75,000.
The difference between actual and estimated expenditure was mainly owing
to the following reasons.
His Highness Shaikh Sir Hamad gave Rs. 4,00,000 to the British Govern
ment towards the cost oi the war.
The Bahrain Government purchased a large supply of rice, half of which was
sold during the year. The value of the remainder at the end of the year was
Rs. 1,36,C00.
Although this sum is included in expenditrre for 1358 it may be regarded as
an item of revenue for 1359 and has been shown in the estimated revenue for that
year
The expenditure on public protection was approximately Rs. 41,000 more
than the estimated cost. The oil royalty amounted to more than the anticipated
sum and therefore the one third which was paid to His Highness's Privy Purse was
more than was provided in the 1358 budget.
In spite of heavy unexpected expenditure the Reserve Fund was increased by
Rs. 10,00,000.
Allowances to the Ruling Family. Rs. 15,16,662.
One third of the oil revenue paid direct to His Highness Shaikh Sir Hamad
amounted to Rs. 10,78,427, the remaining Rs. 4,38,235 represents Civil List pay
ments to the Ruling Family. The total amount was about Rs. 1,00,000 less than
last vear owing to decrease in oil revenue.
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Adviserate. Rs. 66,499.
Expenditure was approximately Rs. 7,000 less than the amount which was
anticipated. Provision was made for an Assistant Adviser but the appointment was
not made until after the beginning of the year.
Customs Department. Rs. 80,903.
Several vacant appointments in the customs staff were not filled and expendi
ture was approximately Rs. 5,000 less than was expected.

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This volume is the Annual Report of the Government of Bahrain for the year 1358 AH (1939-1940) and gives te details of the Revenue and Expenditure of the Bahrain State and contains notes on the activities of the various Government departments, as well as the budget 1359 and some particulars of importance which took place in Bahrain during the year. It includes text, photographic images and tables. The report appears to be compiled from reports from various Government departments and officials. An Index appears on folio 122r, followed by a General Review by Charles Dalrymple Belgrave, dated April 1940 (folio 125r).

The contents are divided into the following sections and sub-sections:

  • Budget 1358 (folios 126r-127v);
  • Summary of Revenue and Expenditure 1358 (folio 128r);
  • Statetment of Revenue and Expenditure 1358 (folio 128v);
  • Notes on Revenue 1357 (folio 129r);
  • Notes on Expenditure 1357 (folios 129r-130v): Allowances to Ruling Family, Adviserate, Customs Department, Judicial, Awkaf [Awqāf] and Minors Departments, Public Works Department, Land Department, Passport Department, Oil Gauging, Transport Department, Public Health, Education, Municipalities, Agriculture, Departmental expenses, Unforseen, Public Protection, Armaments, Transport, King [‘Abd al-‘Azīz bin ‘Abd al-Raḥmān bin Fayṣal Āl Sa‘ūd] Ibn Sa'ud's visit, Food Supplies, and Public Works (Manamah-Muharraq Swing Bridge, Hospital Building, Manamah Pier extension, Pier Trolley Lines, Fort, Education Department, Transport Department, Passport Office, Miscellaneous, Mosque at Hawar, Kozabia House, Budeya Garden drainage, Annual Repairs, and Road Repairs);
  • The Pearl Industry (folios 130v-131v): The Pearl Industry and Pearl Propaganda;
  • Police and Public Security (folios 132r-133v): Police Administration (Strength, Recruitment, Routine, Defence Duties, Health of the Police, Infant Welfare Clinic, Mounted Sections, Machine Gun Section and Motor Bicycle Section, Buildings, Promotions and Appointments), Naturs, Traffic Control and Crime;
  • Public Health (folios 133v-139r): Appointment of Staff, The Village Dispensaries, Health (Malaria, Eye disease, Ear diseases, Respiratory disease, Pulmonary Tuberculosis, Venereal disease, Small-Pox, Alimentary diseases, Rheumatic disease, and Gynaecological and Obstetrical diseases), Medical examination of school children (Boys' Schools and Girls' Schools), Health of the Police (Infant Welfare Clinic and Prisoners' Health) and Malaria;
  • Land Registration Department (folio 139r): Registrations, Iranian Property, Island Beacons, and Survey Students;
  • Judicial (folio 139v): Bahrain Courts and Bahrain Small Courts;
  • Municipalities (folio 140r): Anti-Malaria Measures, Widening and Constructing town roads, New Road, Water Cart, Road Metalling, Lease of Markets, Swamp Reclamation, and Miscellaneous;
  • Wakf [Waqf] Department (folio 140v): Shia Wakf Department and Sunni Wakf Department;
  • Education (folios 140v-141r): School Reforms and appointment of Director of Education, Technical Schools, and Female Education;
  • Minors Department, (folios 141r-141v);
  • Food Control, report by A C Byard (folios 142r-143v);
  • King Ibn Sa'ud's Visit to Bahrain (folios 143v-145r);
  • Passport Department (folios 145r);
  • Public Works Department (folios 145r-148r): Recurrent Expenditure, Non-Recurrent Expenditure (Manamah Muharraq Causeway and Bridge, Manamah Pier Extension, State Hospital, Fort, Government Schools, Transport Building, Passport Office and Post Office, New entrance and stairs at Manamah Palace, and Hawar Mosque), Works not provided for in 1358 budget (Rifle Range, Jida Island, Idari Spring, Hedd Girls' School and Om Ashaoom Spring);
  • General (folios 148r-148v): New Appointments, Local Newspaper and Cinema, H.H.'s visit to India, Press and Broadcast propaganda, Catholic Church, Government Rest House, Appointment of a Governmental Representative with the Oil Company, and Shaikh Mohomed bin Isa's [Muḥammad bin ‘Īsá Āl Khalīfah] visit to New York;
  • Electric Department (folios 148v-150): Electricity Department (Wiring Contracts, Temporary Wiring, Main Extensions, Alteration to Mains, and Air Conditioning), Government Telephone Department, Transport Department, Fire Department, Traffic Section, Government Technical School, New Government Hospital - Naim, Anti Malaria Campaign, Oil Royalty and other gauging, Muharraq Bridge, Financial Position, Electricity Charges, and Prospects for 1359;
  • Profit and Loss Account (folio 151r).
  • Revenue Account (folio 151v);
  • Balance Sheet (folio 152r);
  • Statement of Energy Sold (folio 152v);
  • Customs Department, report by Mr C C L de Grenier, Director of Customs and Port Officer (folios 153rv-159r);
  • Budget 1359 (folios 160r-161r);
  • Notes on Estimated Revenue 1358 (folios 161v);
  • Notes on Estimated Expenditure 1358: (folios 161v-162v).

Illustrations appear on four folios and they are labelled as follows:

  • Folio 134: 'The Government Hospital, with labels Men’s wing in progress (left) and Women’s wing (right)';
  • Folio 136: 'The Government Hospital: The Women’s Wing from the west';
  • Folio 144: 'H.M. King Ibn Sa’ud inspecting the guard of honour, accompanied by H.H. Shaikh Hamad';
  • Folio 147: 'H.M. King Ibn Sa’ud and H.H. Shaikh Hamad, on the palace’s new flight of steps'.

On the front cover there is an inscription that reads 'Printed at the Times Press, Basrah', as well as a note in pen that reads 'Confidential' (folio 122r).

Extent and format
1 volume (42 folios)
Arrangement

This file contains an index (folio 122r) which references pages of the report.

Physical characteristics

Foliation: Folios 122-164.

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English in Latin script
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