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'File 8/7 I Jidda Intelligence Reports' [‎239r] (477/536)

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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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241. The Umr.i al Qara in its issues of the 19th and 2Gth
October published the Saudi Government’s "Regulations in re spec
of Landed property in the Hejaz". These are chiefly remarkabl
for the declaration that the law obtaining under previous
Governments prohibiting foreigners from possessing landed prone
will be maintained, that al] foreigners v, r ho may have come into
possession of such property must disoose of the same, and that I
contravening these regulations will be liable to certain penalti
prescribed. The question has been referred by the Legation to
His Majesty’s Government.
242. (reference paragraph^of last month’s Report). There,
have been further references in the Saudi press during the month
to the Overland Pilgrim route, which suggest that, while agree ne:
between the Governments of Iraq and Saudi Arabia has not yet beer
reached, further progress in negotiations has been made, A
project to bring piUgrims from 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. to Mecca is also
reported in the press to have been given the approval of the
Saudi authorities. It may have some connection with larger
inland transport schemes already mentioned, but of which little
fresh has been heard 4n October.
243. On the 5th October the Uznm al Qura published official
"Instructions to Chauffeurs" partly of a technical nature, which i
would probably need special police to enforce. They will therefe
probably be largely observed in the breach.
244. The reformist urge whicn is manifesting itself this
Summer in such various legislation to which paragraphs 155, 194,
195, and 225 in previous Reports as we11 as foregoing paragraphs
in this Report bear witness, \ as again displayed in the
publication during the month of comprehensive regulations against
infectious diseases. These regulations are in themselves,
probably blameless and not; be discouraged, but they lac’.' reality
in the almost entire absence of reasonably equip.ed hos'itals,
clinics, isolation wards, laboratories, X-ray departments with
qua]ifled staffs, all of which are implied in the regulations,

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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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