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‘File 29/21 vol ii FOOD SUPPLIES RICE’ [‎273r] (545/648)

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The record is made up of 1 file (322 folios). It was created in 30 May 1945-30 May 1948. 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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THE CUSTOMHOUSE:
Reference your No # 1376 of the 29th April, 1948, I wish to
advise that the Bahrain Government have not confiscated the rice in question*
The facts of the case are as follows:
Boom "Hibbat Allah”, Nakhudha Mohamed Jassim arrived in
this port from Iran, and surrendered to us a manifest covering 700 bags
rice from Iran destination Oman ports.
As is usual in the case of such dhows arriving here, the
Nakhudha was requested to enter into Bahrain half the quantity - this he
did through Yousuf Ibrahim Jaidah who sold seme in the open market. The
remaining 350 bags were then overcarrid by the Nakhudha to Dubai , according
to the documents lodged with us. Tims there is no evidence that this consignment
was for Qatar, as surely the rice would have been properly manifested for that
port, and is also evident from your letter that the Nakhudha has made a false
declaration of destination to us.
DIRECTOR OF CUSTCMS
AND
PORT OFFICER, BAHRAIN,

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The file contains correspondence, mainly telegrams, about British efforts to obtain supplies of rice for local consumption in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. shaikhdoms, particularly Bahrain, Dubai and the other Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates. shaikhdoms, also Qatar, at the end of the Second World War (1939-1945). Rice and wheat continued to be in acute short supply in India and the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. countries and subject to Government of India quota arrangements and other export and import controls. British and Bahrain Government officials discuss mainly the public procurement of rice supplies from Persia (Iran), India, Egypt and elsewhere. They also discuss extensively the implementation of regular reductions to Government of India monthly wheat and barley quota imports for Bahrain and the Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates. , equivalent to the total quantity of their rice imports, including private importations made by merchants and others, such as the Bahrain Petroleum Company Limited (BAPCO), as food rations for its employees.

The main 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. , Bahrain; the Political Officer for the Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates. and the Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. Agent, both Sharjah; 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. in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. , Bushire; the Adviser to the Government of Bahrain and the Director of Customs and Port Officer, Bahrain; the officials and representatives of the Middle East Supply Centre (later the British Supply Mission, Middle East) in Baghdad, Cairo and Tehran. A large proportion of their correspondence consists of regular reports to each other about the quantity and price of rice and wheat imports, existing stock levels, new shipments and the names of the exporters and importers involved. This information is discussed in relation to planning future cereal requirements and the purchase of new supplies, as well as for regulating the landing, onward distribution and pricing of these rationed food commodities at Bahrain and also the Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates. ports of Dubai and Sharjah.

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1 file (322 folios)
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Files papers are arranged more or less chronologically.

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover and terminates at the back cover; 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 also present between ff 2-200; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled, and are located in the same position as the main sequence.

Pagination: the index section (ff 286-323) has been paginated using pencil; these numbers are located in the top outermost corners of each page.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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