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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎76r] (151/434)

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The record is made up of 1 file (214 folios). It was created in 31 Aug 1933-20 Mar 1939. It was written in English and French. 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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My Lords note that savings are available bn the Colonial and Middle
Eastern Services Vote from which this payment can be met, and that 0 ^ e '
third of the amount will be recovered from the Government of India under
the usual arrangements.
Enclosure 2 to Serial No. (105).
Letter from the Colonial Office, to the Resident at Aden, No. 136,
I have the honour to refer to your despatch No. 91 of the 4th of April
( Serial No. (105)], regarding the arrears of stipend claimed by the Sultan
of Shehr and Mukalla, and to inform you that this matter has been further
considered in consultation with the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury.
2. The legal position under the Treaty of 1882 has been examined, and
1 am advised that as the Treaty provides for a personal payment to the
Sultan or other person in possession of the territory in question, in consi
deration of his personal fulfilment of the obligations imposed on him by
Articles 1 and 3 ; the Sultan could reasonably claim arrears of stipend which
accrued during his own reign; but not arrears which his predecessor had
waived or been unable to secure.
3. In these circumstances the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury
aoree that the Sultan should be paid the arrears of stipend which have
accrued since his accession in June 1922 amounting to approximately £675,
but they are unable to sanction payment of arrears prior to that date. I
am accordingly to convey to you my sanction for the issue to the Sultan of
the arrears of the stipend from the date of his assumption of Chieftainship
in June 1922.
4 . In order to prevent any accumulation of arrears of stipends in future,
I consider that all stipends should be paid automatically each year without
awaiting applications from the stipendiary chiefs. By this method the
strict obligations of Government to the Chiefs will be discharged and the
accumulation of arrears will be prevented. Unless you see any objection
I have to request that you will arrange for this procedure to be adopted
in future.
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^ , ( 106 )
(Received on 23rd December 193A, with Political Secretary's letter No. 'A9, :
x dated 6th December 193A.)
Letter from the 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. , to the Comptroller General, Depart
ment of Overseas Trade, No. P. Z.-7171/34, dated the 28th
November 1934. >
In reply to your letter of the 20th November, No. 149481/1934, I am
directed to say that the Settlement of Aden, including the Island of Perim,
has now ceased to form part of the Presidency of Bombay and has been
constituted a separate province administered by a Chief Commissioner, under
the Government of India, known as the Province of Aden. The Settlement
of Aden including the Island of Perim, remains, as before, part of British
India and the Government of India are responsible for its administration.
Responsibility for military and political affairs in Aden rests, however,
with His Majesty’s Government.
2 A copy of this letter is being sent to the Colonial Office. y

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The file contains the Foreign Office confidential prints of the Arabia Series for the years 1933 to 1938. It includes correspondence, memoranda, and extracts from newspapers. The correspondence is principally between the British Legation in Jedda and the Foreign Office. Other correspondents include British diplomatic, political, and military offices, foreign diplomats, heads of state, tribal leaders, corporations, and individuals in the Middle East region.

Each annual series is composed of several numbered serials that are often connected to a particular subject. The file covers many subjects related to the affairs of Saudi Arabia.

Included in the file are the following:

  • a memorandum on Arab Unity produced by the Foreign Office dated 12 June 1933 (author unknown), folios 11-13;
  • a memorandum on petroleum in Arabia produced by the Petroleum Department dated 5 August 1933 (author unknown), folios 23-26;
  • a record of interviews with Ibn Sa‘ūd, King of Saudi Arabia, conducted by Reader Bullard and George William Rendel between 20 and 22 March 1937;
  • a memorandum on Yemen by Captain B W Seager, the Frontier Officer, dated 20 July 1937;
  • several records of proceedings of ships on patrol in the Red Sea, including that of HMS Penzance , Hastings , Colombo , Bideford , and Londonderry .

Folios 213-15 are internal office notes.

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1 file (214 folios)

The file is arranged chronologically.

Physical characteristics

Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1 and terminates at the back cover with 217; 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 also present in parallel between ff 2-215; 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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