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File 985/1913 Pt 1 'Persia: Consular and Diplomatic Expenditure' [‎68v] (141/486)

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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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Article 44 provides further:—
( 3 .) “AH fees, penalties, fines,'and forfeitures levied under this
Order shall he paid to the public account, and shall be applied in
such manner as the Commissioners of Her Majesty s Treasury
may direct.”
The provisions of the Persia (Inland) 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). in regard to
this matter are contained in Article 40, and are as follows:—
“ All fees, fines, forfeitures, and pecuniary penalties levied under this
Order shall be carried to the public account, and be applied as the
Secretary of State, with the concurrence of the Commissioners of
the Treasury, from time to time directs.”
On 11 th November 1892, and again on 24th October 1893, your
Department transferred to this Department the fees levied at Bushire
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). .
These fees had been credited by the Consul-General to the Govern
ment of India, but your Department appear to have considered that
they properly belonged to Her Majesty’s Home Government. The
correctness of this view was not questioned at the time, and the fees
were accepted.
The fees received on this account up to the present are,—
£
s.
d.
Transferred to Foreign Office by 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. 11th
November 1892
5
19
4
Ditto, ditto, 24th October 1893
11
12
5
Ditto, ditto, 24th July 1894 - - -
3
12
8
Credited in Bushire accounts,—
1st January 1893 to 31st December 1894
7
15
0
£28
19
5
The claim of the Indian Government to the repayment of expenses
incurred at Bushire in the administration of justice is based on the
grounds that the Imperial Treasury receive the fees and that 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. exercises jurisdiction under the Order in virtue of
the consular powers vested in him by this Office.
There would be considerable force in the first reason if a formal
decision had been come to in favour of crediting the fees to the Home
Government, and if the persons in whose cases the expenses were
incurred had not been British Indians.
As regards the second argument, 1 am to point out the Order in
Council explains the term “ Consul General ” to mean “ the person for
“ the time being holding the office of Her Majesty’s Consul General for
“Pars .... and of 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
Order proceeds to include under the term, “a person acting temporarily,
“ with the approval of the Governor General of India in Council as, or
“ for, 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. .”
It will be observed that there is no mention of the necessity of
an approval of an acting appointment by the Secretary of State. In
the case of permanent appointments, a Royal Commission is issued
through this Department, but the selection of the officer appointed is
entirely in the hands of the Indian authorities, by whom the Political
and Consular Establishments in those regions is almost entirely main
tained.
On a full consideration of the whole matter, and after consultation
with the Lords Commissioners of Her Majesty’s 'treasury, Lord
Kimberley is of opinion, in which the Treasury concur, that the fees
hitherto, and hereafter to be, levied under the Persian Coast Order in
Council should be remitted to the Indian Government, and that all
charges arising out of the administration of the Order should be defrayed
out of Indian funds.

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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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