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‘File 28/35 Denial programme Qatar’ [‎41r] (86/746)

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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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[ra diation of a lattar datad 2Gth Jaaadi II, 1381 (11th July
1042) frcw; the Ruler of Qatar to 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.
After co^pliaente. / V '' ^
Rsifw*ftnc# your Xo't^oro d*X#d 28Xh Juno ©nr! 3r f 1 «Tuly
1942*
It is hard for <aa to faca such news sinca what you ha^ra
mantionad will hava a wary bad affaot on a large numbar of ay
subject* whose livelihood dapanda on the wages they earn from
their work t and auoh unaaployaent will be caused if these poor
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people should be deprived of their Jobe. You observed during
our conversation in this connection, when you read Article 15
of the Agreement, that there was no provision in that Agreement
relating to this matter* But you directed «y attention to the
point of view of His Majesty 1 s Government in this matter and I
found some Justification in what you said owing to the circum
stances created by present conditions* I am grateful to you
for the interest you taks in sverythlng that is conducive to
the public welfare* If 1 reply to Your Honour 1 a requaat on
ths point mentionsd above ay reply will be restricted to one
matter only*
The other matter a i*e* the general payments which ths
Company hava been making, shall remain aa before* I have al
ready mantionad these to you during our conversation* You
yourself agreed to some of them, l*e. annual payments on account
of tha Concession, compensation for petrol end kerosene, and
monthly salaries of ths representatives* while I am grateful
to you for your good intentions and while I appreciate the
interest you take in the essential points of this mattsr, I beg
to aay that I have already made it claar to you verbally that
tha other payments should continue and that communications and
arrangements should remain as thsy ars now* These I shall no*
specify.
In addition to the annual payment on account of the
Concession and compensation for petrol and kerosene and monthly
salaries of the representatives, as mentionsd by you, ths
following alsa should continue j-
/ 1 .

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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.

Extent and format
1 file (365 folios)
Arrangement

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.

Physical characteristics

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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