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'File 8/16 Bahrain Intelligence Summary' [‎89r] (177/206)

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The record is made up of 1 file (100 folios). It was created in 1 Jan 1948-31 Dec 1948. 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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who hoped for a revival of the Bahrain Pearling Industry.
They may, however, find some consolation in the reflection
that the pearling fleet only went out after Ramadhan and
that it suffered bad weather towards the end of the season.
(ii-‘: t.-ats
(iii) Rents .
His Highness, who is himself a large owner of
house property, has long wanted to amend the existing rent
law and allow an increase in rents. On the 24th a meeting
of the Rent Committee, appointed 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.
and consisting of representatives of European firms, local
merchants, landlords and tenants, was held at the Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent.
in order to consider a suggestion that the percentage to
be charged as rent should be raised from the existing rate
of 4% to 6% on the value of the property. Major J.E.H.
Hudson, the Assistant 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. , presided. In the
course of discussion it was pointed out by the representative
of the local merchants that the assessed value of houses
under the present rent law was far higher than their actual
value as rents had risen progressively without check for
some ten years before the law was passed. The Committee
considered this point and found that the suggested rise
would, in effect, be an increase of 50% in house rent,
which, because of the high cost of living today, would
make for increased inflation and a resultant demand for
an increase in wages. They recommended therefore that
there should be no increase in the percentage of rent charge
able and expressed themselves as only willing to consider
a rise if properties were reassessed excluding thu value
of the site.
(iv) Venereal Disease .
At the representation of the Chief Quarantine
Medical Officer, the State Medical Officer, and other doc
tors, the Bahrain Government are takj ig steps to combat the
incidence of venereal disease in Bahrain, which, it has
been stated, is amongst the highest in the world though
no accurate figures are available. The Police have rounded
up all prostitutes for medical examination, and free treat
ment is being offered to those suffering from venereal
disease._ The Bahrain Government have asked that every
person with venereal disease should undergo treatment at
the hands of a doctor and have ordered compulsory examination
and treatment of any person who will not voluntarily under-
go it.
(v0 ; Church Fete .
On the 15th Lady Hay opened a fete organised
by the Roman Catholic Chaplain in Manamah to r^Gc money
for the building of a school. His Excellency the Politic
Resident and Mrs. C.D. Belgrave, wife of the Adviser to
the Bahrain Government, were also presents The Fete was
very popular among Bahrainis but His Highness took exception
to the heavy gambling that took place at some*of the stalls
and it was closed after running for little more than a week.
It is reported that the fete made Rs.45,000/- before it
closed.
(vi) Prices of .... .

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The file contains fortnightly intelligence summaries produced by the Political Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. at Bahrain for the year 1948. The reports, marked as secret, were sent to the Government of India, 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. , and numerous diplomatic, political, and military offices in the Middle East. Each report is numbered from 1 to 24 and covers a two week period.

The reports are divided into short sections that relate to a particular subject. Contained within the file is intelligence on the following:

  • shipping;
  • visits of British and foreign notables;
  • economic and commercial matters, including the pearling industry;
  • local news and affairs, as well as that of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iran, Oman, and the Trucial Coast A name used by Britain from the nineteenth century to 1971 to refer to the present-day United Arab Emirates. ;
  • the work of third parties in the region, such as the Bahrain Petroleum Company, Gray, Mackenzie and Co., and Petroleum Concessions Limited;
  • labour matters, especially strikes and unrest;
  • local reaction to international events such as the end of the British Mandate in Palestine and the death of Mohandas Gandhi;
  • the activities of the Royal Navy;
  • the supply of electricity, water and telecommunications;
  • aviation;
  • the work of the Middle East Anti-Locust Unit;
  • the traffic of slaves;
  • quarantine and medical matters;
  • weather and meteorological data.

The final page of the final report appears to be missing.

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1 file (100 folios)
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The file is arranged chronologically.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 103; 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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