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File 985/1913 Pt 3 'Diplomatic and consular expenditure — Persia, Siam etc' [‎15r] (34/1196)

The record is made up of 1 volume (294 folios). It was created in 5 July 1923-27 Oct 1931. 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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Office of the Accountant-General, Central Revenues.
Imperial Secretariat Buildings,
Rew Delhi, the 29th November 1930.
No.TA-Divl-l(5) of 30-31/819.
From J.F.Mtchell Esq., I.C.S.
Accountant-General,
Central Revenues.
To His Britannic Majesty*s Under Secretary
of State for India,
Accountant-General * s Department,
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. , London, S.W.l,
Subject : Expenditure in respect of Diplomatic and Consular
establishments in Persia etc. for the year 1927-28.
Sir,
I have the honour to invite a reference to the India
Office letter No.A.G.4600, dated the 30th April 1930 regarding
the question of withdrawal of capital charges on civil works
in Persia and 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. , included in my statement of
Divisible expenditure for 1927-28.
2. It has been ascertained from the Accountant-General,
Bombay that the sum of Rs.49,714 shown under ”41 Civil Works”
in the Bushire Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. includes a charge of Rs.13,739 on
account of capital expenditure. It Is requested that necessary
readjustment of this amount may be made in 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. , if,
of course, they are satisfied that similar charges are not
included by the Foreign Office in their annual statements of
claims against the Indian revenues.
3. With regard to the question raised in para.2 of the
letter, I may point out that the procedure suggested therein
can be followed only in cases in which writes-baok do not
involve any account adjustment in my books. In cases, however,
where such account adjustment is involved e.g. writes-back of
items affecting Divisible Statements communicated to me through
the Exchange Accounts of other Audit Offices, the existing
procedure may be allowed to continue, to enable me to effect an
agreement between the figures of my Divisible Statements and
those in the relevant portion of my accounts. In the present
case/

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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. (primarily the Account General and the Under Secretary of State for India), Foreign Office officials (primarily the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs), and representatives of the Government of India (primarily the Accountant General and the Foreign Secretary).

Specific matters discussed include adjustments to be made for the salary of John Calcott Gaskin, a query related to the payment of the salaries of Sir Percy Cox and Stuart George Knox during the First World War, a dispute over the refusal by the Foreign Office to take a share of maintenance of Bakhtiari Sowars in Persia during February-March 1919 (see ff 152-158 for detailed notes), construction work at the Ahwaz Consulate, the supply of flour to Shiraz in 1916-17, and an adjustment in the charges for civil works.

The following sets of financial papers can be found within:

  • expenditure by the Imperial Government in Persia, and at Nakawn Lampang (Lakhon) and Chiengmai. Statements for the following years can be found within the file: 1920-21 to 1921-22 (ff 552-557), 1921-22 to 1922-23 (ff 482-486), 1922-23 to 1923-24 (ff 425-429), 1923-24 to 1924-25 (ff 354-359), 1924-25 to 1925-26 (ff 260-267);
  • expenditure by the Government of India compared to the previous financial year; each statement contains a supplement on expenditure at Bahrein [Bahrain], Koweit [Kuwait] (dropped from 1923-24), and Maskat [Muscat]. Statements for the following years can be found within the file: 1920-21 (ff 580-588), 1921-22 (ff 532-543), 1922-23 (ff 454-465), 1923-24 (ff 392-404), 1924-25 (ff 335-346), 1925-26 (ff 221-233 and ff 243-255, two copies), and 1926-27 (ff 118-129 and ff 68-79, two copies);
  • specific statements are also supplied for expenditure on the Koweit Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. as follows: 1920-21 (ff 590-591), 1921-22 (ff 545-546), 1922-23 (ff 467-468), 1923-24 (ff 406-407), 1924-25 (ff 348-350), 1925-26 (ff 234-236 and 256-258, two copies), and 1926-27 (ff 130-132);
  • records of financial adjustments 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 between 1921-22 to 1927-28: see f 575, f 525, f 475, f 448, f 413, f 387, f 332, and f 220.

The creation dates cover the bulk of papers within the file. However a printed copy of a letter dated 25 June 1915 with enclosures dating back to 2 June 1915 has also been included. It concerns a revision to the rates at which leave and pension contributions are calculated.

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 (294 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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The subject 985 (Persia: Consular and Diplomatic Expenditure) consists of three volumes: IOR/L/PS/10/361, 362, and 363. 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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