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'File 1/A/48 III FOOD CONTROL.' [‎229v] (458/560)

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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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all We merchants are now confused* Let ua see if they
could manage to export goods v.hen they g*t the orders.
Trade would be entirely ruired if thevfailed to get ^ermi-
asioriv^ke entire trade depends on outside. As long as foe
situation is not olear this ban will create difficulties.
Under the c ircumsiances, it is unwise to send goods here
and Hock the money. ••• You must wait uwtiliwe dispose'of
the present stock.
D.I. has net sold anything. All his customers have refused
to take delivery of goods. Thus he has 2000 bags of sugar
in the balance I (a(d|nrot write anything/about
tea. Let us see what Abdur Razzaq and the lhaikh do. 11
tnis is the xmix thx mischief of‘Abdul Razzaq. .*e will
have to put up with it as no one dare is report ag<irst
him. Flour and rice are needed for ] ocal consum ti r n
but il the goods are not sent outside the stocks will be
disuoaod of with great difficulty. We do not know what to
do. Please do not ship goods. It is no use blocking the #
money. Cf course, if you ship 500 (bags) psr steamer, it
is another thing. The Shaikh will certainly allow it.
But, cannot say if he could do even that- If the goods
are imported continuously he would find it difficult tr
stop tiifc export of rice. Of course, Tea and Sugar Cannot
be exported to Iraq and Iran. Zunaidi and liusshid Wye
managed to export these to Kuwait. Let us see what the
Irani merchants do. Flour is also needed for local
consumption. Its price is fe.23/- per bag. We will dispose
of the goods when they arrive. Ghee, Rice, and Flour are
im or ted for supplying tha to Qatar, Abu xai IXabai etc.,
I do not know if these goods would be allowed to be exported
Please ship
will not be * .
he Tthe Shaikh) will not stop the sujpply _
Flour "t.o Catar, Abu Dubai and other Gkilf Ports. I think
Abduj Razzak has done all this tojtfouble Awzi and Irani merchants,
so t^t if tney refused to pay
would have to pay more.
ip some quantity of Ricn and Flouri their consumption
be stopped. Don* 1 1 purchase tea at present. I think
haikh) will not stop the supply of Rice and.
(per bag of sugar) they
Translation of the enclosure^:-
" I met the P-A* this evening... .who told me that the aeport of
goods to 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. Ports was not prohibited. Trads with
Ports below r atar was not restrict^di it was banned with Iraq and
Iran only. This was implied, though not stated, m the
notification.
I met Bin Fars of Sharja who assured me that I oould import
good* into Sharja without any trouble whatever. So, ship
go de separately tin to Abu Dubai. The goods willjnot be stopped,
tuou we shall have to pay as duty .We shall be ^bl©
todispose of thegoods in Abu Dubai earlier thanfin ;>jbai.
From 1-iiarja it would not be possible to dispose of the goods
easily •The expenses will be less but labour will be too much.
No one will accept the goods without charging discount, therefore,
Dubai is 71 preferable.
Orders change in no time. The Shaikh is a tool in the
Agent. Country craft will now stop,
ed with difficulty andieven the permits
d flour in large quantities will not be
xhxi obiainable. "Therefore, do not lose the opportunity to secure
permits for the export of rice and flour. I hope tne export ^
of tea and sugar will be permitted^"
referred to at * is the firm of Damanmal IssardaS*
This firm was formerly suspected of smuggling goli and was
put on Security List Class *D" This name has n 9 t been removed
and dree not appear in the revised ^ecutity List, xaeir
cor escondence does not contain anything of ln ^ ereaL ^xx^Sx
nowadays, except occasional reflections on the trade conditionr
in the Persian flulf. ILLiGjble.
•O.No.B !57/Censors .dated 20th Wav'A?. O.i’J*
W - —— 1- -•

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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)
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 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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