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'File 8/9 Bahrain Government Annual Report' [‎79r] (162/298)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (145 folios). It was created in 16 Jul 1930-11 Jul 1931. 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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apart from customs, I find that there are none which can be
reasonably raised or which could produce anything near the
amount of extra revenue which is required. These other
sources of revenue in themselves only amount to about one
sixth of the estimated customs revenue.
I consider it inadvisable to tamper with the present 5$
ad valorem customs duty on imports. A flat rate has much
to recommend it; it has been fixed by treaty and also being
a low rate it creates a satisfactory impression among infe
intending importers, though this is perhaps somewhat of an
illusion as including all incidental dues and fees to the
Landing company etc. almost 7-g^ is now paid on imports before
they reach the market. There remains the Khanchia.
The Khanchia fee is somewhat in the nature of Demurrage,
or a warehouse due. It is in the first place collected
on all imports which are then allowed to remain in the customs
wHarehouse for ten clear working days excluding holidays. On
the expiration of this ten days if the imports are not re
moved another Khanchia charge is levied and the goods may
remain for a further ten days, in practice this^frequently
done.
The Khanchia is levied according to a list of set rates
which were decided upon many years ago by the local merchants,
the rates are very inconsistent and appear to have been made
with no regular system.
It is proposed to charge a new rate of one anna per maund
on all bag cargo from the beginning of 1350. This increase
will produce an additional lac One lakh is equal to one hundred thousand rupees of rupees Indian silver coin also widely used in the Persian Gulf. which will balance
the budget. It will be clearly indicated that this is
entirely an emergency measure. If trade improves after
lo5Q, or if the necessary amount is realised before the end
of 1350 this addition will be withdrawn and the rate will

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The volume contains the annual Government of Bahrain reports for the years AH 1348 and 1349. Both reports include budgets for the upcoming year and are written by the Adviser to the Bahrain Government, Sir Charles Dalrymple Belgrave.

The reports are submitted by Belgrave 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, Charles Geoffrey Prior, who then forwards them 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. in the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. , at Bushire. The correspondence relating to this process are included in the volume.

The 1348 report (folios 8-68), submitted in July 1930, is divided into sections corresponding to a particular subject, as follows: Budget 1349; Notes on Budget, for 1349; Notes on Revenue for 1348; Notes on Expenditure; Education; Judicial; Public Works; Wakf Departments; Municipalities; General.

The report includes an index (folio 8) which lists the sections in alphabetical order, with reference to page numbers. Most of these page numbers are not present in the document itself.

The 1349 report (folios 76-134), submitted in July 1931, is divided in a similar way, as follows: Budget 1350; Statements of Receipts and Expenditure; Comparative analysis; The Pearl Industry; Police and Public Security; Land Department; Education; Manamah Municipality; Muharrak [Muharraq] Municipality; Agriculture; Quarantine; Electricity; Press Propaganda; General. There is no index.

Folio 69 is a letter from Belgrave to Prior regarding two Bahraini boys educated at the American University of Beyrout [Beirut].

Folios 135-37 are correspondence between Prior and Claud Cranbrook Lewis de Grenier, Director of Customs at Bahrain, regarding a recent drop in trans-shipment duty in Bahrain.

The volume contains the following photographs:

  • Jaffariah School (folio 45);
  • Manamah-Muharrak [Manama-Muharraq] Bridge (two photographs, folio 46);
  • a new "sea road" north of the Customs House (folio 57);
  • a new quarantine site (two photographs, folio 115).

Folio 116 is a blueprint of the new quarantine.

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1 volume (145 folios)
Arrangement

The volume is arranged chronologically.

Physical characteristics

Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 147; 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 present in parallel between ff 25-70; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled, and are located in the same position as the main sequence. A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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