Coll 1/67 'Aden. Changes in administration in the event of separation from India: miscellaneous questions' [294r] (587/769)
The record is made up of 1 file (384 folios). It was created in 2 Jun 1936-15 Nov 1937. 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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The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors.
P.& J.(B) 1851/36.
BY AIR MAIL.
WHITEHALL, S.W. 1.
28th September 1936.
My dear Seymour,
Y/e have recently had under examination the question or
the position of separated Burma in relation to existing
treaties ana conventions and I am desired to communicate to
you for consideration the results of our preliminary
investigation of this problem.
2. It is held here that the position of separated Burma,
in relation to existing treaties, etc., is governed by the
following two general principles:
(a) Separated Burma will inherit without any exception
all obligations under existing treaties, etc. which apply to
her as a part of India, and should, equally, inherit the
rights. (inheritance of the obligations will be aitomatic:
inheritance of the rights may not follow without appropriate
(b) Conversely, Burma, on ceasing to be part of India,
will not be bound by any treaties, etc. to which India is
not a party but to which His Majesty’s Government in the
United Kingdom has acceded on behalf of the ’Colonies and
overseas territories of His Majesty other than Dominions and
inaia”, e.g. the International Labour Convention, 1927 for
Sickness Insurance, and the Trade Marks Convention, 1898,
between the United Kingdom and Costa Rica.
3.The existing agreements which apply to Burma as a part of
India are of two kinds:-
(i) Agreements which apply to India as being part of the
whole British Empire which is a contracting party;
(ii) Agreements to which India is a separate contracting
A.H.Seymour Esq., I.C.S., party./
Government of Burma,
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The file contains correspondence, memoranda and reports regarding administrative changes to be made upon the transfer of Aden from the Government of India to the Colonial Office. The file consists primarily of correspondence between: the Aden Chief Commissioner (Bernard Reilly); 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. Political Department; the Colonial Office; and the Government of India Home, Foreign and Political, Finance, and Reforms Departments.
The file has been divided into the following bundles:
- 1. Memoranda, ff 5-73;
- 2. Flag, ff 74-79;
- 3. New buildings, ff 80-86;
- 4. Pension rights of Indian personnel, ff 87-95;
- 5. Personnel, ff 96-184;
- 6. Judicial and Revenue Stamps, ff 185-910;
- 7. Position of Consuls, ff 191-197;
- 8. Printing Press, ff 198-203;
- 9. Provident Fund, ff 204-210;
- 10. Application of international treaties and extradition conventions, motor vehicles (international rules), ff 211-325;
- 11. Future financial arrangements in regard to salt, income tax, supply of opium etc., ff 326-384.
The bundle titled 'Memoranda' contains a copy of Reilly's 'Note on Fourteen Points connected with the Transfer of Aden from the Government of India to the Colonial Office, discussed at the Foreign Office in 1933', plus a copy of Aden. Question of Transfer. Papers, 1933 (Middle East No. 50), and related correspondence.
The bundle titled 'Personnel' concerns the issue of retaining Indian administrative personnel at Aden following the transfer, on their existing terms of service, for a period of five years. The correspondence also concerns the position of the District and Sessions Judge, which upon transfer would change to become Judge of the Supreme Court of Aden; the appointment of James Taylor Lawrence to the post upon the retirement of G B Constantine is discussed.
The bundle titled 'Provident Fund' concerns the creation of a new General Provident Fund at Aden upon transfer. Reilly proposes that the Government of India transfer over to Aden any monies standing to the credit of Indian service personnel retained permanently; the Government of India propose that the monies should be cancelled out against the value of buildings, civil debt and pecuniary liabilities etc. involved in the transfer.
The bundle titled 'International Treaties' concerns the applicability to Aden, upon transfer, of various international agreements, and discusses the need to formally notify foreign governments of the change. Folios 297-321 include lists of treaties, conventions etc. which applied to both India and Burma, drawn up upon the separation of Burma in 1935. Extradition treaties and international motor agreements are discussed in particular detail.
The bundle titled 'Future Financial Arrangements' contains notes on budget administration, financial management, the issue of the salt tax, income tax, customs arrangements, and the importation and control of opium and other regulated substances. Draft estimates based on the figures of revenue and expenditure for the years 1932-1935 are included at folios 371-383.
The file includes a divider which gives a list of correspondence references contained in the file by year. This is placed at the end of the correspondence (folio 2).
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- 1 file (384 folios)
The file has been divided into eleven bundles, according to subject. Within the bundles, materials are arranged in rough chronological order, from the rear to the front.
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Foliation: The foliation sequence commences at the inside front cover with 1 and terminates at the inside back cover with 384; 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. The back of the external cover has not been foliated.
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