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File 985/1913 Pt 1 'Persia: Consular and Diplomatic Expenditure' [‎24r] (52/486)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (239 folios). It was created in 16 Jan 1913-22 Jun 1916. It was written in English. 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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No. 94 OF 1915.
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA.
FOREIGN AND POLITICAL DEPARTMENT.
ESTABLISHMENT.
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To
The Right Honourable AUSTEN CHAMBERLAIN,
His Majesty's Secretary of State for India,
Simla, the 1st October 1915,
Sir,
We have the honour to invite a reference to paragraph 2 of our despatch
No. 58, dated the 16th July 1915, in which we expressed our intention to
make a further communication to you regarding the treatment of fees received
in the Consulates on the Persian Coast.
2. It is understood that the enquiry made by the Foreign Office in the
second paragraph of their letter No. 32920, dated the 1st September 1914, is )
confined to fees levied under, and charges arising out of, the administration
of the Persian Coast and Islands Order in Council A regulation issued by the sovereign of Great Britain on the advice of the Privy Council (in modern practice, upon the advice of government ministers). , and that it does not extend
to the adjustment between the Imperial and Indian Governments of all
receipts and expenditure at the Consulates in Persia and on 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. .
If this assumption is correct, the information required by the Foreign Office
can be furnished without difficulty. There have been no disbursements since
1900 on account of charges arising out of the Order and, probably for this
reason, the question of including such charges in the annual statements of
the expenditure incurred by the Government of India on Diplomatic and
Consular Services in Persia has never been raised. The agreement reported
in Mr. Fowler’s Political despatch No. 40, dated the 16th of May 1895, is
still adhered to as regards the credit to our Government of all fees levied under
the Order. No separate account of these receipts is, however, maintained.
We have the honour to he,
Sir,
Your most obedient, humble servants,

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The file is concerned with diplomatic and consular expenditure in Persia, 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. , and Siam [Thailand], which is shared by both the Imperial (London) and Indian Governments. The papers therefore focus on financial adjustments to be made between 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. and the Foreign Office. Accounts of this expenditure can therefore be found within the file, along with supplementary correspondence. This correspondence is concerned with querying or disputing items of expenditure, or with changes to accounting practices. This correspondence is primarily between officials of 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. and the Foreign Office, with occasional reference made to the Government of India, and occasional submissions to the Secretary of State for India.

Specific matters discussed within the file include the following: an overspend on a survey for the Mohammerah-Burujird Railway undertaken by Captain Wilson (ff 171-180), expenditure on additional consular escort at Shiraz and Meshed (ff 45-48, 114-117, and 63-66 for specific detail of charges for Shiraz), and the revision of the rates at which leave and pensions are calculated (ff 70-100).

The following sets of financial papers can be found within:

The creation dates cover the bulk of papers within the file. However, a printed copy of a letter from 16 May 1895 with enclosures dating back to 2 March 1895 has also been included (folios 67-69). It concerns charges in connection with the administration of criminal justice under the Persian Coast and Islands Order in Council A regulation issued by the sovereign of Great Britain on the advice of the Privy Council (in modern practice, upon the advice of government ministers). (1889).

Each part includes a divider which gives the subject and part numbers, the year the subject file was opened, the subject heading, and a list of correspondence references contained in that part by year. This is placed at the back of the correspondence.

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1 volume (239 folios)
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The subject 985 (Persia: Consular and Diplomatic Expenditure) consists of three volumes: IOR/L/PS/10/361, 362, and 363. The volumes are divided into three parts with each part consisting of one volume. The papers within this volume are arranged loosely in reverse chronological order from the front to the rear of the file.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence commences at the inside front cover with 1 and terminates at the inside back cover with 241; 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.

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