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'File 1/A/48 IV FOOD SUPPLIES.' [‎88r] (175/664)

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The record is made up of 1 file (330 folios). It was created in 27 Jul 1942-1 Nov 1942. It was written in English and Gujarati. 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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carrying good* for Arrt> Oulf port* to fcring »ith ttc* sopios
of th« oxport ilooiiaos oororine ttiO*o goode. ot» tb* Mrr^T*!
of suoh a onip at one of tb* port* in question the B**ter ^ould
band over to the local lolitical Agent or Cuotoai* Cffioer the
license* covering all the good* to bo landed at port, *hla
my give rise to *o«a cifiioulty if good* covered by one export
license ere exported in too different ehipe but it ebeaU be
possible to find ways and aeane of ovaroos.lng this,
4 . 1 think it sou Id assist very greatly in the tueceetful
norking of the quote eyetcm if an officer could be placed on
special outy to visit the various ports concerned nith e viev to
reliving causes of delay and ensuring prop*r co-ordination.
«bother or not the uovemaaot of *ndla can see tneir nay to
arranging thi*. i propose if there 1* no objection to e*k *ak*-
fi*ld to spend the last tno deys « bie receae in Aarae-i In
ordsr to obtain first-hand knowledge of the working of the
system nt that end. if the oovsrnaent of India agre* would
you kindly Infom takwfisld accordingly and take any steps that
any be necessary to eneure that the export Trade Controller and
other officials concerned at Aar a chi give bin all the ass 1# tarn ,
that he require#.
{,. i aa sending a oopy of this letter to saeiielr or
recess enc alec to Sixon, Eicklnbothax and felly.
XourB eincerelyt
sd. W.ReHay.
Ho.C/693.
office of 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
Peroian OulfgCamp, Bahrain,
hated the 20th August,1942.
Copy xisq.,ICS♦, 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,
2. Ca]> ta iT^lU G Tb ixon^As sis tan t 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 .OBE.,
3. Major T.Hickinbotham^ 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. , Kuwait.
4. C.J.Pelly Esquire, ICS ., 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. , Muscat.

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The file concerns the availability of food supplies in 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. , at a time when rationing and a quota system for imports had been introduced as a result of the Second World War (1939-45).

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 (Edward Birkbeck Wakefield); the Government of India; 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. ; 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, Sharjah (Khan Sahib Saiyid ‘Abd Al Razzaq); the Adviser to the Government of Bahrain (Charles Dalrymple Belgrave); the Food Controller, Bahrain (Claud Cranbrook Lewis deGrenier); and the Director of Customs and Port Officer, Bahrain (also deGrenier).

The papers include: correspondence with the British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) concerning a request by the company for additional rations to be made available for their passengers and crews; correspondence from individual merchants concerning food shortages and import licences; lists of sanctioned quotas (including re-exports to Saudi Arabia); lists of established importers and shippers; correspondence and papers concerning the main imported commodities (rice, wheat, flour, sugar, and bran); an intervention by the Government of Bahrain to adjust the amount of profit allowed to merchants under the quota system (folios 82-85); the import of barley and millet for camels and horses of the Bahrain police (folios 89 and 106); a memorandum 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. , Bahrain to 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 24 September 1942, entitled 'Import into Bahrain of essential foodstuffs', drawing attention to the serious political and economic consequences of food shortages in Bahrain as a result of the quota system (folios 179-185); and a suggestion by the Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO) that rice could be obtained for Bahrain from the United States (folios 274-275).

The Gujerati language content of the file is confined to a letterhead.

The date range gives the covering dates for the correspondence; the last dated addition to the file is an entry in the notes on folio 331 dated 2 November 1942.

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1 file (330 folios)
Arrangement

The papers are arranged in chronological order from the front to the rear of the file, except where enclosures of an earlier date are filed after their relevant covering letter, and terminate in a set of notes (folios 309-331). There are some notes within the body of the file (folios 158-160).

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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 332; 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 2-331; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled, and are located in the same position as the main sequence. A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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English and Gujarati in Latin and Gujarati script
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