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‘File 28/35 Denial programme Qatar’ [‎74r] (152/746)

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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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C/3133 (conoid.)
Shaikh into the Shaikh’s account with the Eastern Bank Ltd.,
Bahrain, might he raised with advantage with the Ruler if
he proved particularly unreasonable in other matters, and
it could be emphasised that payment in silver in Q,atar
involves the Company in additional charges fluctuating in
these days from Rs.20000/- to Rs.30000/- on Rs. 3 lacs in
insurance and freight.
8 . Should a situation arise in which it becomes necessary
for the Company to meet the Shaikh on the questions of
guards and the motor service it will be necessary for the
Company to refer to its principals in England by telegram.
9. In conclusion, we suggest that it may be made clear to
the Shaikh that any of the above commitments outside the
Concession fixed obligations (vide para 5), whether continu
ance of existing facilities or new ones created by the
present situation, apply to the suspension period only and
the Company reserves the right to cancel any or all of them
on the resumption of operations as circumstances direct.
Furthermore, he should realize that the possibility of the
continuance of such facilities even during the suspension
period is largely dependent upon war conditions remaining
unchanged, and any serious deterioration might make it
impossible for the Company to carry on with its services to
the Shaikh. In such a contingency the Company would regard
itself as automatically released from responsibility for
such services and no form of compensation could be considered.
We have the honour to be
Sir,
Your most obedient servants,
For PETROLEUM DEVELOPMENT (QATAR) LIMITED

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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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