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‘File 28/35 Denial programme Qatar’ [‎28r] (60/746)

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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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Secret.
D.6.!fo,C/971 .
The Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. ,
Bahrain, the 5th July 1942.
I enclose for your information a copy of a letter dated
3rd July 1942 whileh I sent to the Shaikh of Qatar before I left
Dohah on the 3rd July. I will let you have a copy of his reply
as soon as I receive it*
2. 1 explained to the Shaikh that owing to conditions caused
by the War His Majesty’s Government have found it necessary to direc
your Compary to suspend temporarily their operations st«r. I
also explained that, in order to ensure that the enemy could neither
destroy nor make use of the oil in Qatar, it would be necessary for
your Company to seal the two existing wells. The Shaikh, when the
reasons for the action taken had been explained to him, made no pro
test and appeared to accept the position with resignation. I inform
ed the Shaikh that the Company would continue to make the annual
Concession payment of Rupees three lakhs, that it would continue
to pay the salaries of the Shaikh's two representatives and that,
in lieu of petrol and kerosene, the usual annual payment of fcl3,250/
would be made.
3. 1 informed the Shaikh that the Company would be unable to
employ any labour as they were closing down, and he accepted this
without comment. When the question of guards came up the Shaikh
expressed himself most vehemently and said that, unless the number
of guards was retained at the present figure (which he said was 3b
including tv/o on the house at Dohah) he would be unable to acceot
any responsibility for looking after the Company* s property. Dis
cussion on this point was somewhat heated. The Cor par.;,' 1 s obliga
tions as defined by Article 11 of the Concession were discussed
/ from
E.V. Packer Esquire, . # _ ■ t T +>i
Manager, Petroleum Development (Qatar; l/ta.,
Bahrain.

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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).

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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