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‘File 28/35 Denial programme Qatar’ [‎16r] (36/746)

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The record is made up of 1 file (365 folios). It was created in 5 Jun 1935-31 Dec 1943. 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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from the California Arabian Standard Oil Company or the Bahrain
Petroleum Company. if these offers are not accepted by the per
sonnel concerned there will be no alternative but permitting them
to return to the U.3.A.
(b) British. British personnel are 10 in number. ± informed
Mr. Packer that there was little or no possibility of any of these
men being able to return to England. Those who are not absorbed
by associated companies will be found employment with other oil
companies.
(c) Goanese and Indians, nists of those who cannot be absorber!
by associated companies will be s ent to other oil companies in case
they wish to offer them employment. Those who do not secure other
employment will be given the following terms.
(1) Passage to India will be paid.
(2) One month^s pay (including War Allowance) will be given,
to count from the date of arrival in India.
(3) All leave due will be given.
The terms offered to Indians or Goanese joining another company
will be
(1) One month’s pay (including War Allowance)
(2) Amount of leave due.
No passage to India will be given and this would have to
be guaranteed by the new employer.
(d) Local employees. These will be discharged with one
month’s pay as a gratuity.
III. Closing Down. It was agreed that the Company’s first
duty must be to deal with the two completed wells. Subsequently
they could dispose of personnel and equipment. It was pointed
out that all drilling equipment must be removed from Qatar and
that nothing should be left which could be of any conceivable
use to the enemy. Mr. Packer asked that, in my correspondence
with the Shaikh, I should lay particular emphasis on his respon
sibility to guard any equipment etc. which might be left.
/ 4.

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The volume contains copies of letters, agreements and other papers relating to the temporary cessation in 1942 of oil operations undertaken by Petroleum Development (Qatar) Limited (PDQ) in Qatar, in response to events in the Second World War, and negotiations over an agreement between the Ruler of Qatar 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 Bahrain for the cessation of operations, and continued payment of the concession and other costs. The volume’s principal 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. at Bahrain (Edward Birkbeck Wakefield, superseded by Major Tom Hickinbotham in October 1943); the Manager of PDQ (Ernest Vincent Packer, also in the file as chief correspondent for Petroleum Concessions Limited (PCL)); the Ruler of Qatar (Shaikh ‘Abdullāh bin Jāsim Āl Thānī).

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While the volume’s correspondence begins in in May and June 1942, an extract of an earlier letter from 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. , dated 5 June 1935 (f 6) provides the earlier date indicated in this catalogue entry’s date range.

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1 file (365 folios)
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The volume’s contents are arranged in approximate chronological order, from the earliest item at the front to the latest at the end. The file notes at the end of the volume (ff 350-368) mirror the chronological arrangement.

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1 and terminates at the back cover with 371; 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 incomplete foliation sequence is also present in parallel between ff 163-349; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled. A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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