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‘File 29/21 - IV FOOD SUPPLY RICE' [‎46r] (91/194)

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The record is made up of 1 file (95 folios). It was created in 24 Sep 1949-21 Nov 1950. 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.

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rlease refer to paragraph 4 of my letter
14/6/49 of 60th SepteiBber, end sunseouent corres
pondence about the shipment of the Egyptian rice cuota
via Bahrein,
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2. Mien 1 called on the Sheikh on my return,
he could hardly wait until he had enquired after ray
health before opening the subject of the Customs Dues
charged by the Bahrein Government on this shipment,
he protested that theyrwere out of/reason. I" said
that i would like to see the papers, and Saleh brought
Fakhroo’s invoice to me this morning. This shows the
dues levied by the Bahrein Government for Customs,
Wharfage, Weighing, Overtime and other Tolls, apart
from handling'’charges etc. which were additional,
to be about 10,OOCTrupees. There is a consolidated
item for Customs, Wharfage and Tolls, of 9661 rupees,
and later an item for Export Wharfage and Tolls of 68
rupees, from which I deduce that the Customs Duty proper
was a 1 'out 9600 rupees. The value of the consignment
is given as 183,778 rupees, (which agrees with bur
previous information) and this meag^bthat the Customs
Duty has been levied at a rate of P (*1
3. I have been told that the transit dut^ at
Bahrein is 2x. I do not know whether or not this is
so, but it is difficult for me to convince the Sheikh
that tO/b is too high a commission for Qatari merchants
on a JGqvernment Quota when he sees the Sheikh of Bahrein
take\7$on it as Customs Duty. He himself only levies
duty ax 5%. I had previously expressed the hope that
the Sheikh of Bahrein might have’waived the duty on .
this consignment altogether, and I still think this
would have been a valuable gesture on his part. If,
as it seems, there is no possibility of that; however,
1 should be grateful if you ecu id look into the rate
at which duty was in fact charged, and see if some
reduction could be made.
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The file contains correspondence about British efforts to obtain supplies of rice for local consumption 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. shaikhdoms, particularly Bahrain, Qatar and the shaikhdoms of the Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates. , in the years after the Second World War (1939-1945). British and Bahrain Government officials disseminate details about offers of rice from the Government of Pakistan and also the allocation of Egyptian quota import rice from British Ministry of Food rice stores in Egypt. There is also extensive correspondence between 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. , Bahrain and the Political Officer for Qatar at Doha, about a prolonged dispute between Qatari and Bahraini merchants over the delayed transhipment of Egyptian quota import rice for Qatar, which had been landed at Bahrain.

The main correspondents are 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 the Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. 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. , both Bahrain; the Political Officers for Qatar and the Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates. ; the Adviser to the Government of Bahrain and the Director of Customs and Port Officer, Bahrain. The file also contains copy correspondence between Foreign Office and Ministry of Food officials in London about the latter’s decision to no longer procure rice from the Egyptian authorities for allocation to 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. shaikhdoms after 1950, given the proposed winding up of the International Emergency Food Committee (IEFC) allocation system at the end of 1950.

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1 file (95 folios)
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Files papers are arranged more or less 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 97; 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 2-95; 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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