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'File 8/7 I Jidda Intelligence Reports' [‎9v] (18/536)

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The record is made up of 1 file (266 folios). It was created in Jul 1931-Dec 1934. 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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45. The Hejazi Government were reminded in July that the Govern
ment of India were still awaiting the revised versions of a similar Agree
ment. The Hejazi debt to the Government of India for arms has already
been referred to in paragraph 10.
46. The question of British banking for this country has been dealt
with in paragraph 3. Matters concerning British personnel in the Hejaz
Air Force in paragraphs 66 to 68; and the proposed Arabian Air Route in
paragraphs 69 to 72.
47. The Hejazi Government’s co-operation with the Legation for the
commission of slaves is reported in paragraphs to
48. International .—Before Sir A. Ryan’s departure Fuad Bey
Hamza took him for another ride on his hobby-horse. He trotted out
Hejaz-Nejd and the League of Nations, Hejaz-Nejd and the Inter
national Sanitary System, Hejaz-Nejd and the Arms Traffic Convention,
and a newcomer, Hejaz-Nejd and the Disarmament Conference. But this
time he found Sir Andrew booted and spurred with instructions.
49. League of Nations. —Fuad Bey was reminded that in his enquiries
of last year he had limited himself to seeking the views of His Majesty’s
Government regarding the legal position. He was now told that although
it was not for one Government to pronounce on a question which might con
cern the League as a whole, the matter had been examined in London with
a view to giving the Hejaz-Nejd such friendly assistance as was possible.
Fuad Bey was given certain conclusions which were to be drawn from the
data available as to the character of the union between the Hejaz and Nejd
and its Dependencies, and the further conclusions to be deduced therefrom
as to the position of Hejaz-Nejd in regard to possible membership of the
League. Asked as to whether his Government had made up their minds
to seek admission to the League or were merely exploring the possibility,
Fuad Bey intimated that no decision had been taken; they were merely
looking into the matter.
50. International Sanitary System .—Three definite points emerged.
(a) If the Hejaz-Nejd Government wished to attach reservations to their
ratification of the International Sanitary Convention of 1926, they could
only do so with the previous consent of all States signatory or accessory to
the Convention. For this purpose it would be necessary for them to com
municate the proposed reservations to the French Government for trans
mission to those States, (b) The question of obtaining a seat on the
Alexandria Quarantine Board was one the decision of which rested with the
Egyptian Government, (c) The Hejaz-Nejd Government might find it ad
vantageous to accede to the Rome Convention of 1907 and thereby acquire
the right to representation on the Committee of the International Office of
Public Health at Paris. The official action necessary would be to notify
the Italian Government in accordance with article 6 of the Convention.
51. Fuad Bey was warned in friendly fashion that it was really most
desirable to work up a good sanitary administration in this country. At
the same time he was reminded that other countries would continue to pro
tect themselves, within the limits of international arrangements, against
the special dangers arising from the dispersal of the large numbers of pos
sible disease carriers brought together by the pilgrimage.
52. Arms Traffic Convention .—Fuad Bey was told that the purely
technical difficulties in the way of the accession of a non-signatory State before
the Convention came into force were probably not insuperable, but that, re
garded as a practical proposition, it seemed doubtful whether the accession
of any particular non-signatory State, which saw advantage in making itself
a party to the Convention and thereby undertaking the onerous obligations
which it would impose when it came into force, would at present amount to
more than a demonstration of sympathy with the objects of the Convention.
So many signatory States had delayed ratification that it could only be
regarded as doubtful whether the Convention would come into force in the

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The file contains intelligence reports on the Kingdom of Hejaz, Najd and its Dependencies (after September 1932, Saudi Arabia) written by the British Legation at Jeddah.

Between July 1931 and December 1932 the reports are issued every two months, with the exception of the January-March 1932 and April 1932 reports. From January 1933 the reports are sent on a monthly basis.

Between July 1931 and December 1932, each report is divided into sections, numbered with Roman numerals from I to IX, as follows: Internal Affairs; Frontier Questions; Relations with States outside Arabia; Air Matters; Military Matters; Naval Matters; Pilgrimage; Slavery; and Miscellaneous. Each section is then further divided into parts relating to a particular matter or place, under a sub-heading. Some reports contain an annex.

From January 1933, when the reports become monthly, they take a new format. Each is divided into sections, as follows: Internal Affairs; Frontier Questions and Foreign Relations in Arabia; Relations with Powers Outside Arabia; Miscellaneous (often containing information on slavery and the pilgrimage).

Most reports are preceded by the covering letters from the Government of India, who distributed them to Political Offices 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. and elsewhere, and the original covering letter from the Jeddah Legation, who would send them to the Government of India and Government departments in London. From May 1933, most reports were sent directly 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. at Bahrain from Jeddah.

Up until January 1933, each report began with an index giving a breakdown of the sections with references to the corresponding paragraph number. From January 1933 onwards no index is included.

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1 file (266 folios)

The file is arranged chronologically.

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover and terminates at the back cover; 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 incomplete foliation sequence is also present in parallel between ff 6-11; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled, and are located in the same position as the main sequence.

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