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‘File 13/28 Sharjah air agreement (aerodrome facilities at Sharjah)’ [‎68r] (135/420)

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The record is made up of 1 file (210 folios). It was created in 15 Jan 1946-5 Dec 1950. 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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Article 10(11) .
Your despatch No. 82/ S of 5th January 1946 stated that
the increase in the rent of the Air Station from 800 Rupees to
1,000 Rupees was partly accounted for by the inclusion of the
area occupied by the Royal Air Force camp. Now that 500 Rupees
is to be paid as rent for that camp, there is a case for a
decrease amounting to atleast part of the 200 Rupees increment
of 1946. Since, however, the area of the Air Station appears
to have increased considerably since 1932 and since any attempt
to reduce the rent would not be acceptable to the Shaikh, it
has not been considered worth while to press for such a
reduction. You might if necessary, however, make use of the
argument to refute any claim by the Shaikh for an increase.
Article 10(iii) .
I leave it to your discretion whether you state the date
from which the rent for the rest-house would become payable.
Article 10(iv) .
The Treasury are prepared to approve the additional
200 Rupees proposed by you, bringing the total sum upto
1,000 Rupees. They cannot agree to any further increase.
5. With regard to the exchange of letters which it is
proposed to include regarding the Royal Air Force facilities,
the Aii* Ministry agree that the area shown on the plan enclosed
in your despatch meets their requirements. The are now
preparing an accurate map for attachment to your letter to the
Shaikh, and this will be forwarded to you as soon as it is
ready. They regret that they cannot provide a map showing
accurately the limits of the Civil Air Station. In any case
it might be preferable in discussions with the Shaikh to avoid
any delimination of the area of the Civil Air Station as this
might lead to claims for increase in rent in the event of
extensions to runways.
6 . The Air Ministry agree to a rent of upto 500 Rupees
per month, and give authority for the immediate payment of the
total amount due between 15th August 1945 and the last day of
the month preceding the Shaikh*s acceptance of the agreement.
They agree also to the payments to the two head guards few 4fee
and the 36 guards (I assume that the guards for the Royal Air
Force camp are in addition to the guards for the Civil Air
Station referred to in Article 10(i) of the agreement).
7. I have no objection to a re-confirmation to the Shaikh,
if he so requests, of the contents of Colonel Dickson*s letter
at the time of the conclusion of the original agreement.
Sd/- Illegible
(for Mr. McNeil).

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The file comprises copies of correspondence and other papers relating to the renegotiation of an air agreement with the Sheikh of Sharjah. The principal correspondents in the file are 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. , Lieutenant-Colonel William Rupert Hay, 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, Cornelius James Pelly, and the British Agent (sometimes referred to as the Political Officer) at Sharjah, Patrick Desmond Stobart.

The correspondence documents the protracted negotiations and arrangements for a renewal of the existing Sharjah air agreement, required to replace the existing agreement, which was due to expire on 22 July 1948, and in response to the changing circumstances and requirements at Sharjah, in relation to its civilian and military use in the post-war period. Topics covered by the file include: discussion over the maintenance or disposal of camps and buildings at Sharjah aerodrome; the administration and operation of wireless communications at Bahrain, including their transfer from British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) to International Aeradio Limited; the departure around August 1949 of the Sheikh of Sharjah, Sultan bin Saqr Āl Qāsimī, to Bombay for medical attention, and the transfer of his responsibilities in negotiating the air agreement to his brother, Sheikh Muḥammad bin Saqr Āl Qāsimī; negotiations for the raising of salaries of the aerodrome guards, and disagreement over the payment of duty on aviation fuel at Sharjah; Hay’s recommendation to the Foreign Office in mid-1950, that back payments for the rent of the land for the aerodrome, going back to August 1945, be transferred to Sharjah, partly to enable Sheikh Sultan to pay his medical bills in Bombay, and for Sheikh Muḥammad to pay his tribesmen (the Beni Qitab) their annual allowance; urgent proposals in June 1950 for the extension of the runway at Sharjah by the Royal Air Force.

The file contains several drafts of a new air agreement for Sharjah (ff 9-12, 69-73, 81-86), and maps showing the aerodrome site (ff 3, 4), originally enclosed with a letter from the Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. to Pelly, 7 May 1949 (f 104), and which can be read in conjunction with a number list of the aerodrome buildings (ff 15-16).

Correspondence on the Sharjah civil air agreement continues in ‘File 13/3 Sharjah Civil Air Agreement’ (IOR/R/15/2/938-939).

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1 file (210 folios)

The file’s contents are arranged in approximate chronological order, from the earliest item at the front to the latest at the end. The file notes at the end of the file (ff 199-209) mirror the chronological arrangement.

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover on folio 1 and terminates at the back cover on folio 210; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located 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. An additional foliation sequence is also present in parallel between ff 6-198; these numbers are written in pencil and blue ink, but are not circled, and are located in the same position as the main sequence.

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