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'File 8/16 Bahrain Intelligence Summary' [‎18r] (35/174)

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The record is made up of 1 file (85 folios). It was created in 1 Jan 1949-31 Dec 1949. It was written in English. 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 Documents collected in a private capacity. .

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42. ROYAL NAVY.
On the 2nd H.M.S. ’'Wild Goose" with the Senior
Naval Officer, Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. , on hoard, arrived at Sharjah.
Owing to strong Shamal wind neither the Political Officer
nor the Shaikh of Sharjah could go on board. On the 3rd
H.M.S. "Wild Goose" left for Has al Khaimah. Shaikh Saqr
bin Muhammad, Ruler of Ras al Khaimah, accompanied by the
Political Officer, Trucial Coast A name used by Britain from the nineteenth century to 1971 to refer to the present-day United Arab Emirates. , who went from Sharjah to
Ras al Khaimah by car, went on board and called on-the
Senior Naval Officer, Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. . When the Shaikh dis
embarked a salute of 3 guns was fired for him. Later the
Senior Naval Officer, Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. , accompanied by the Po
litical Officer, Trucial Coast A name used by Britain from the nineteenth century to 1971 to refer to the present-day United Arab Emirates. , came ashore and returned the
call on the Shaikh^at his Fort. H.M.S. "Wild Goose" left
Ras al Khaimah in the afternoon. The Political Officer,
Trucial Coast A name used by Britain from the nineteenth century to 1971 to refer to the present-day United Arab Emirates. returned to Sharjah the same day.
43. BAHRAIN PETROLEUM COMPANY LIMITED.
Under the terms of their concession agreement
the rate of royalty paid by the Bahrain Petroleum Company
will come up for revision in January 1950. His Highness
has given notice that he intends to ask for an increase in
the royalty rate and has suggested that it should be con
sidered now. The Company have agreed, and two meetings
have been held recently at Awali between representatives
of the Company and the Adviser to the Bahrain Government at
which 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. was present. The Adviser pointed
out that the Arabian American. Oil Company were paying a much
higher royalty rate than was paid by the Bahrain Petroleum
Company. To this the. Company representatives replied that
it was much easier to extract oil in the terrain covered
by the Aramco concession and pointed out that their rate
compared favourably with the rates being paid by the Kuwait
Oil Company and Petroleum Concessions Limited in Qatar and
the Trucial Coast A name used by Britain from the nineteenth century to 1971 to refer to the present-day United Arab Emirates. .
44. AUTOMATIC TELEPHONES.
Reference paragraph 22 of Intelligence Sum
mary No.3.
His
On th£ Ist/Highness formally opened the new
automatic telephone -exchange. 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. , Shaikhs
Mohammed and Abdullah bin Isa, uncles of His Highness, Mr.
C.D. Belgrave, C.B.E., Adviser to the Bahrain Government,
and Mr. N.L. Penfold, Bahrain Manager of Messrs. Cable and
Wireless Limited, were among those present.
45. SLAVERY .
Reference paragraph 24 of Intelligence Sum
mary No.3.
The mother of Maryam bint Muhammad recently
arrived from Dubai with several male relatives to claim
her daughter and the Bahrain Government has handed the girl
over to their charge.

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The file contains fortnightly intelligence summaries produced by the Political Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. at Bahrain for the year 1949. The reports, marked as secret, were sent to the Government of India, the 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. , and numerous diplomatic, political, and military offices in the Middle East. Each report is numbered from 1 to 24 and covers a two week period.

The reports contain information covering a wide range of subjects, including:

  • shipping;
  • visits of British and foreign notables;
  • economic and commercial matters;
  • local news and affairs, as well as that of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iran, and the Trucial Coast A name used by Britain from the nineteenth century to 1971 to refer to the present-day United Arab Emirates. ;
  • the work of Bahrain Petroleum Company, and the oil industry more generally;
  • American interests in the region;
  • local reaction to international events such as those in Palestine and Syria;
  • the activities of the Royal Navy;
  • the supply of electricity, water and telecommunications;
  • aviation;
  • the work of the Middle East Anti-Locust Unit;
  • the traffic of slaves;
  • quarantine and medical matters;
  • weather and meteorological data.
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1 file (85 folios)
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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 87; 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 foliation sequence is present in parallel between ff 1-87; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled, and are located in the same position as the main sequence.

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