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'File 8/8 IV Annual Administration Report for 1945' [‎115r] (229/280)

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The record is made up of 1 file (138 folios). It was created in 3 Jan 1946-9 Mar 1946. 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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means of an H.r. underground cable to provide an
increased supply for Air Conditioning during 1946.
The length of this cable line is approximately 1,360
feet and power will not be available to this new line
until the new generating set, now being erected, comes
into service.
9. TELEPHONE DEPARTMENT .
The Bahrain Government telephone system is
antiquated in the extreme and badly needs replacement.
The scheme for installation of an automatic telephone
exchange has, regrettably, shown little progress due
to various factors. One is the tendency of the landlords
of the few convenient sites to hold out for high ground
rents and Messrs. Cable & Wireless Limited’s unwillingness
to meet their demands which renders it most unlikely that
an automatic telephone exchange will be in operation in
1946. The fact remains that by the end of the year
Cable & Wireless had not placed the order for the new
exchange much to the detriment of British prestige.
10. PEARL INDUSTRY .
The pearling season was a successful one.
There were about 121 pearling craft out this year. The
catch was better and prices higher than those of the
previous season.
11. CUSTOMS .
Customs revenue from all sources amounted to
Rs.25,98,098 for the year.
There were 113 launches registered with the
Customs on the 31st December, 1945, including those
belonging to the Navy and the various companies.
12. FOOD CONTROL .
During the year under review the Government
again devoted a considerable amount of time, money and
energy in ensuring that adequate supplies of essential
foodstuffs were available for the public.
o a H a sum of Rs.11,800,000 as compared to
the 1944 figure of Rs.8,000,000 was spent on the purchase
of wheat, millet, rice, tea, sugar, and dates.
The monthly ration per adult was maintained
at a high level throughout the year.
Towards the close of the year the Government
introduced a cloth rationing system, which should prove
successful. The number of retail shops was increased
and rations divided equally amongst them.
During the year there was a steady stream of
commodities such as potatoes, onions, fresh and dried
fruits, walnuts, etc., from Persia, where the good rains
of the previous winter assisted in maintaining a sufficient
supply.
(Continued)

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The file contains correspondence relating to the collation and submission of the 1945 Administration Report of the Bahrain Political Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. and the Trucial Coast A name used by Britain from the nineteenth century to 1971 to refer to the present-day United Arab Emirates. , as well as the reports themselves.

The correspondence is between 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. and representatives of institutions that provide reports and statistics for the annual report. These include: Medical Department of the Government of Bahrain; Indian Posts and Telegraphs Department; American Mission Hospital; Eastern Bank Limited; Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO); Customs Department of the Government of Bahrain; Cable and Wireless Limited; Victoria Memorial Hospital; British Overseas Airways Corporation; Petroleum Concessions Limited; Adviser to the Government of Bahrain (Sir Charles Belgrave); Imperial Bank of Iran; and Gray, Mackenzie & Co Limited. The Trucial Coast A name used by Britain from the nineteenth century to 1971 to refer to the present-day United Arab Emirates. report (folios 98-105) is submitted to the Bahrain Political Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. by the Political Officer at Sharjah. Both final reports are then submitted by 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 to the Political Residency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. at Bushire.

The final report (folios 111-135), which includes the final version of the Trucial Coast A name used by Britain from the nineteenth century to 1971 to refer to the present-day United Arab Emirates. Report, is made up of numbered sections, as follows: 1. Officers; 2. Bahrain Government Officials; 3. The Al Khalifah Family; 4. Bahrain Police; 5. Agriculture; 6. Municipalities; 7. Public Works; 8. Electricity Department; 9. Telephone Department; 10. Pearl Industry; 11. Customs; 12. Food Control; 13. Shipping; 14. Accidents within Port Limits; 15. Medical (General); 16. The Post Office; 17. Administration of Justice; 18. Education; 19. The Bahrain Petroleum Company; 20. Visits of Foreign Notables; 21. Local Affairs; 22. The Weather; 23. Economic; 24. Cable & Wireless Limited; 25. British Overseas Airways Corporation; 26. Petroleum Concessions Limited; 27. The Royal Air Force; 28. American Consulate; 29. Qatar; 30. Trucial Coast A name used by Britain from the nineteenth century to 1971 to refer to the present-day United Arab Emirates. . Some sections are further divided into parts assigned either a lower case Roman numeral (iv, for example) or a lower case letter of the alphabet (d, for example). Several of these parts also come under a sub-heading.

Folios 137-139 are internal office notes.

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1 file (138 folios)
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Foliation: the foliation sequence commences at the front cover and terminates at the inside 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. A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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