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'File 8/7 I Jidda Intelligence Reports' [‎232r] (463/536)

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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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ax" fairs telephoned from Taif to inform the Legation that ’/ibdul
f Aziz' ibn Loyd;, the Saudi frontier official in the north,
proposed to travel about a week later to Palmyra to attend a
conference^ and begged that permission be sought from the
Transjordan authorities for him to c.-oss their territory* The
following day* the Transjordan authorities signified that no
difficulties were anticipated<> It seems not unlikely that the
visit of this Saudi official to Palmyra is connected v/ith the
present discontents in the Jauf-Tcima* referred to in
p ar agr aph 216 ab ov o <>
III« ilmLATI ONS wit h POVLhS o utside
227 o (Ref o par as. 53 and 80) During th j iionth the dolieate question
of the position of Legation dispenser es has occasioned certain
further exchanges• Towards the end of August, the Lindct^r for
Foreign Affairs circularised foreign missions to the effect that
henceforth customs dues would bo levied on mcdocines other than
those imported for the private use of the mission* In accordance
with instructions* His majesty's Charge d 'Affaires stated the
views of nis iiajosty's Government and suggested that conversations
which a ad taken place earlier in the year between Sir Andrew Ryan
and Fuad Hamza and which had been interrupted* should be resumed ii
London* where Fuad Hamza was due to arrive on a visit during
September* .Slieykh Yusuf Yasin replied uncompi;isingly, but
undertook to acquaint his colleague and the Saudi minister in
London with this suggestion* The Narcotic Drugs Regulations
(referred to at para*223 above) which envisage^ stringent control
of the importation* use*etc j of narcotics under Government
license and inspection* though probably unexceptionable in
themselves nevertheless constitute a further attack on the oresent
position of legation dispensaries which* of course* are not
excluded from thoir scope*
228* Signor Pcrsico* the Italian Charge d f Affaires who \/ent on
short leave to Lurope in July (see para*176) returned on the
30th Septernbor *
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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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