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'File 38/11 P. C. L. Planes' [‎102r] (203/338)

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The record is made up of 1 file (167 folios). It was created in 30 May 1938-22 Apr 1950. It was written in English and Arabic. 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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CONFID -iNTIAL .
D.O. No, 0/632
Dated the 29th June, 1946
Please refer to correspondence ending
with your letter No, D0/QCQ,4/4313 dated the 23rd June,
1946.
2. I raised this point myself and asked the
Shaikh why he was not implementing his word by the letter
he had promised you. This brought a perfect hornet’s
nest of complaints against the Company upon my head, and
Shaikh Hamad - Shaikh Abdullah was more or less sick -
made no bones about his desire to use the non-confirmation
of his word in writing as a lever to force the Company
to meet his requests.
3. His main points were that the Company
were not using Dohah as the port of entry for all Company
material and (b) that P.C.L. had closed down during the
v;ar and so the Shaikh had lost a great sum of money.
4. As regards (b), I pointed out that that
was no fault of the Company and that Qatar should be
thankful to be still Qatar. I did not expect any appreciat
ion of this point and got none.
5. As regards (a), I had rot heard any
complaints against the Company, and since the matter was
under the consideration of the Company I thought that
this was not the time to deprive the Shaikh of his imagined
lever. Had I done so he would inevitably and quite soon
have come back at me and with the ration issue still
undecided I did not wish to put myself under an obligation
to him.
6. Shaikh Hamad assured me that he would not
delay H.H.G’s business and would write the letter in due
course.
7. I should withhold any further Quick cars,
if I were you. They are not suitable for people with so
poor^an idea of the proprieties.
3, V. Packer, esquire, iki.b.a.,
Petroleum Concessions Limited
Bafrmln.
JANC

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The file contains correspondence relating to the movement of company (Petroleum Concessions Limited) planes in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. . The main correspondents are: representatives of Petroleum Concessions Limited and its subsidiary companies (Petroleum Development (Qatar) Limited and Petroleum Development (Oman and Dhofar) Limited); 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; the Political Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. at Bushire (later Bahrain) [ Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. Political Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. ]; Sir Charles Belgrave, Advisor to the Shaikh of Bahrain; 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. ; the Air Vice-Marshal, Commanding British Forces in Iraq; the Government of India, External Affairs Department; Shaikh Abdullah bin Qasim al Thani [‘Abdullāh bin Qāsim Āl Thānī], ruler of Qatar; Shaikh Sultan bin Saqr [Sulṭān bin Saqr Āl Qāsimī], ruler of Sharjah; Shaikh Said bin Maktum [Sa‘īd bin Maktūm Āl Maktūm], ruler of Dubai; and 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 Muscat.

The papers within the file are mostly concerned with permission for landings and flyovers by company planes in Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Sharjah, Dubai, and Oman. These permissions are sought by the company from the appropriate ruler (as sovereign) and the RAF (for use of the airfields), via the appropriate British Government officer (in this case, 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). The permissions sometimes include details of the planes, such as name, registration, passengers, pilot, engineers, and wireless operators.

Other matters covered by the file include:

  • the distribution by the company of their own aviation fuel to aerodromes across the region;
  • the planning and permission of an aerial photographic survey of Qatar and its territorial waters carried out by the company in early 1947.

There is a gap in the correspondence between 1939 and 1945, due to the Second World War.

Folio 123 is a sketch map of southern Qatar, showing the limits of the proposed aerial survey.

Folios 159-68 are internal office notes.

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1 file (167 folios)
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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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