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'File 8/9 Bahrain Government Annual Report' [‎136r] (276/298)

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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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25th Ju ne, 19 ^ 1 .,
In reference to your D.O.N0.768 of
this morning, the distinction between the rat
import duty, to which you rightly draw attent
introduction, early in 19?1, of the new syste
cent, upon cargo re-exported to the RE ports,
importer, on which five per cent is original!
marked '’RE” cargo, and conseqqnatly the duty
two per cent) falls under the ordinary import
impossible to classify it otherwise, as it is
cargo are likely to be re-exported until the
the 24 th June, received here
i°^ °f transhipment duty and
ion, is accounted for by the
m of "Refunds n of three per
at the option of the Bahrain
y paid. Such cargo is not
collected upon it (ultimately
classification. It is
not known which items of
fact occurs.
The proof oi the success of this ne w system is shewn by the
figures upon which you comment; and the olfi R E system has practically
become a dead letter, the merchants appreciat ing the optional system
which however has greatly increased my office work. ’
As a matter of interest, however, I intend to extract details
of such "refund" cargo for the sake of compar ison with the old RE
position; and I believe we shall find that th e traffic of cargo into the
mainland is being steadily maintained, allowi ng for the current depression
in trade and wholesale values.
Perhaps I should have made my report upo
little clearer. I meant to convey that up to
motor craft had been built in Bahrain and sol
16 were built and then sold (two of them in t
built to order, for sale to other ports (thre
a copy of my report upon the craft for the ye
will 1 ind of interest, and which shews that
registered in Bahrain, as newjy built during
n the craft registration a
end of the year 1^9, 28
d to other ports. Of these
he year 1 ^ 49 ), and 12 were
e of them in 1349 )..I enclose
ar 1349 , which I trust you
1 sailing craft were
the year 1349 .,
Captain C.O.Prior,I.A..,
H.B.M 1 s 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.

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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.

Extent and format
1 volume (145 folios)

The volume is arranged chronologically.

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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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