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File 868/1904 Pt 1 'Consular: Exemption of Foreign Consular Officers from Imperial and Municipal Taxation' [‎185r] (69/113)

The record is made up of 1 item (53 folios). It was created in 19 Aug 1884-18 Apr 1911. It was written in English and French. 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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A ,
Political,
No. 12.
India Oliice,
London, 18th February 1897.
To His Excellency The Right Honourable The Governor
General of India in Council.
My
As to liability of Foreign Consuls in
India to Imperial and Municipal taxation.
# Letter from Law OHiccn?, dated 15th
September 1873.
Letter from Foreign Office, dated 9th
April 1875.
Letter from 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. , dated 6th Mav
1875.
Letter to Foreign Office, dated the 8th
October 1896.
f Letter from ditto, dated the 28th January
1897, and enclosure.
Lord,
The proposals communicated in the Letter
from your Excellency’s Government in the Foreign
Department, No. 158, Internal, of the 1st September
1896, relative to the withdrawal of the privileges
enjoyed by the Turkish and Persian Consuls
General at Bombay in respect to municipal and
Imperial taxation, have been submitted for the
consideration of the Secretary of State for Foreign
Affairs.
2. Your Excellency will learn from the enclosed
correspondence* that the Marquis of Salisbury has
called attentionf to the decision given in 1875 that
the claim of the Turkish Consul-General at
Bombay to exemption from Imperial and Municipal
taxation could not be resisted in view of the
terms of Article VIII. of the Treaty with Turkey
of 1809. ^
3. Looking to the far-reaching consequences of
this decision, and to the fact that, strictly speaking,
all Turkish Consuls in Her Majesty’s dominions
are entitled to claim similar exemption, even
though they do not avail themselves of the right,
whilst all Powers possessing most-favoured nation
treatment under treaty, such as Persia and Italy,
might, if so minded, ask for equal privileges, Lord
Salisbury considers it to be desirable that matters
should be suffered to remain on the same basis as
heretofore.
4. I have, ^ accordingly, to request that your
Excellency will issue instructions to the Govern
ment of Bombay for the maintenance of the
exemptions already granted, and their continuance
to the incumbents of the offices concerned.
I have the honour to be,
My Lord,
Your Lordship’s most obedient humble Servant.
(Signed) George Hamilton.
5145. 1.281.

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Part 1 concerns exemption of Foreign Consular officers from Imperial and Municipal Taxation. It contains:

  • correspondence regarding the claim of the Consul-General for France at Calcutta to exemption from Municipal taxation;
  • privileges to the Persian and Turkish Consuls-Generals in the matter of Imperial customs duty and municipal taxation;
  • claim of the Imperial German Consul-General at Calcutta to exemption from the payment of Municipal taxes;
  • request of the Austro-Hungarian Ambassador that their Consuls in India may be exempted from payment of taxes;
  • claim of the United States Consul at Rangoon (Yangon, Myanmar) to exemption from municipal taxation.

The principal correspondents are the Consul-General for France at Calcutta; the Persian Consul-General; the Imperial German Consul-General at Calcutta; the Foreign Department of the Government of India; the Secretary of State for India; the Foreign Office; and 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. . Some of the letters from Consul-General for France at Calcutta are in French.

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File 868/1904 Pt 1 'Consular: Exemption of Foreign Consular Officers from Imperial and Municipal Taxation' [‎185r] (69/113), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/10/30/1, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100027944122.0x0000af> [accessed 24 August 2019]

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