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‘File 28/35 Denial programme Qatar’ [‎25r] (54/746)

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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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Reference Para 3 a. House to be retained and rent continued#
3 b. These customs dues will automatically am
to consider any compansation to the
Shaikh*
4 a. )
b.) The Ruler is unlikely to raise the
5a. The Company’s Indian doctor will be
withdrawn and his services to the Shaikhs
would cease altogether.
5b. The ice plant will be left but the Shaild^
would be expected to supply an engine
attendant and petrol end oil.
5 c. No Company vehicles will be kept running
and no maintenance staff left in Qatar.
It will not be possible to assist the
Shaikh with car repairs.
5 d. Launch services between Bahrain and
Zekhrit and car services between Zekhrit
and Doha will cease. The Shaikh will hav«
to make his own arrangements regarding
mail for Bahrain.
6 a. Employment will be reduced to a few
guards, one Qatari Class 11 and half a
dozen labourers as far as can be seen
at present. There can be no question of
compensation in this respect. All local
staff will be given a clear months pay
in lieu of notice, including labourers
but not guards who are employed direct
by the Shaikh.
6 b. Local purchase will cease and the Coy.
can of course do nothing about this.
6 c. It is a matter still for decision
whether or not agent’s allowances will
be continued.
cease and the Company are not prepared
c.
question and in any case the Company
is not concerned and would not consider
any form of compensation.

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Content

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).

The volume includes:

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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