'File 1/A/48 III FOOD CONTROL.' [26r] (51/560)
The record is made up of 1 file (278 folios). It was created in 31 Jan 1942-8 Aug 1942. 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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ETROLEUM CONCESSIONS LTD.
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. .
4th March, 1942.
In continuatio^/of our Q/CR.1/2809 of 3rd February
1942 and Q/CR.1/2836 of 18th February 1942, and^reference
telephone conversation yesterday, I enclose copies of corres
pondence which passed between Major Alban and ourselves.
This correspondence does not deal specifically with^
foodstuffs and food control but with the export of materials,
presumably including foodstuffs, from Bahrain. The implication
is quite clear that we can buy in Bahrain and export Uee
Major Alban’s No.2148 - 36/16 dated 28th October 1941).
It gives us equal status with other Bahrain purchasers but
does not exempt us from general food control. It ^ an _^ e
argued, however, that if we enjoy this status we should be
entitled to purchase our requirements based on an adequate
man-ration for agreed periods.
We believe that so far it is not necessary to cut down
normal ration scales and, if this is accepted, we feel that
it is not unreasonable for us to expect the Food Controller
to sanction our requisitions provided we are prepared to
show that they are based on specific ration scales covering
a fixed number of days or weeks.
It is also obvious that in the case of our isolated
camp in Q,atar we should be allowed to build up a reasonable
The Food Controller was not prepared to discuss the
grounds on which he bases his cuts in our requisitions apart
from a general statement that Bahrain must be given priority.
It will be realised that we were left in a very
difficult and uncertain position - in fact we could not be
sure that we could procure sufficient food to continue our
operations in Qatar. The position was explained in our
No.Q,/CR.l/2809 and Q/CR. 1/2836
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The file concerns the effects of the implementation of controls on the import and export of food and other commodities 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. during 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; 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: Food Controller's report for the year 1941 (folios 2-9); correspondence between Petroleum Concessions (Qatar) Limited, and 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 concerning difficulties caused by the curtailment of the company's supplies by the Food Controller, Bahrain (folios 10-29); the legal implications of hoarding, and related matters (folios 31-33); report by the Food Controller on stocks of food in Bahrain (folio 42); report on control of exports from Bahrain (folios 51-52); statistics of average monthly consumption of staple commodities in Bahrain, and minimum annual requirements of foodstuffs and textiles (folios 61-63); copy of regulation making all exports dependent on the permission of the Food Controller (folios 68-70); the support of 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 for a petition from a group of merchants to allow the re-export of piece goods (folios 75-77); correspondence from 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 detailing commodities required for consumption on the Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates. ; correspondence concerning acute shortages of wheat and flour in Bahrain; correspondence concerning 'famine' conditions on the coast of Persia (e.g. folios 96-98); an estimate of the wartime increase in the cost of living in Bahrain (folio 107); the difficulties faced by Bahrain merchants in exporting goods to India, including an allegation that they needed to give bribes to customs officials at Karachi (folios 158-159, 163-165); a confidential memorandum critical of the Food Controller, Bahrain (folio 169); the use of Bahrein Petroleum Company (BAPCO) tankers for the transportation of foodstuffs (e.g. folios 185-186); and the effect on Bahrain of food shortages in India (folio 220).
The Arabic language content of the volume consists of a single letter (with English translation) on folio 90.
The date range gives the covering dates of the correspondence; the last addition to the file is an entry in the notes on folio 279 dated 9 August 1942.
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- 1 file (278 folios)
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 249-279). Circled serial numbers in red crayon refer to entries in the notes.
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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 280; 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 1-279; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled.
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