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'File 8/16 Bahrain Intelligence Summary' [‎30r] (59/174)

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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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the Bahrain Government informed the meeting that His Highness
would probably wish to take over the existing quarantine
services. It was pointed out to him by 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.
and the Chief Quarantine Medical Officer that His Majesty’s
Government was willing to accede to His Highness’ wish to
take over the quarantine services but that the standard
achieved should be maintained and the Chief Quarantine Medical
Officer should retain supervisory charge.
71. A GRICULTURA L DEVELOPMENT .
Sir Herbert Stewart, formerly of the Imperial
Institute of Agriculture, Pusa, visited Bahrain in March at
the invitation of His Excellency 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. to
advise on the possibilities of agricultural development.
He was able to examine most of the cultivated area of the
island, including the Government Experimental Farm at Budaiya
and met a number of Officers of the Bahrain Government. A copy
of his report and his recommendations regarding the future
pattern of agriculture in Bahrain has recently been received
and has been passed to the Bahrain Government.
72. ZUB AR AH.
(i) Reference paragraph 24 of Intelligence
Summary No.3; -
His Highness has enquired whether he may
expect an early reply to his letter to Mr.Bevin.
(ii) Reference paragraph 46 of Intelligence
Summary No.S .
His Highness has issued an ’’Ahlan” forbidding
Bahrainis from visiting Qatar without first obtaining written
permission from the Bahrain Government. The ”Ahlan” has come
in for acrimonious comment from all classes of Bahrainis who
call it absurd. The prohibition is enforced even where a
Bahraini who is visiting Dubai or Sharjah travels by a vessel
which touches at a Qatar port en route.
73. PALESTINE ARAB R EFUG EES .
The Bahrain Government and local Oil Companies
have been sounded regarding the possibility of settling and
finding employment here for Arab refugees from Palestine.
The Bahrain Government have replied that they are willing to
employ a small number of refugees as agricultural labourers in
the Budaiya Experimental Farm and, if they possessed the
necessary qualifications, as teachers in the Government schools.
They were, however, not disposed to meet the financial cost
of bringing the refugees to Bahrain. The Bahrain Petroleum
Company were only willing to employ skilled labour wuch as ex
refinery hands. P.C.L. have not yet replied, but it is known
that they are already employing a number of Palestineans in
their Qatar operations.
74. TRUCIAL COAST A name used by Britain from the nineteenth century to 1971 to refer to the present-day United Arab Emirates. .
(i) New Building Projects .
A party of surveyors from Messrs, Holloway Brothers
who have been visiting Muscat recently arrived at Sharjah and
carried out a land and sea survey of Layyah in Sharjah for a

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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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