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File 985/1913 Pt 3 'Diplomatic and consular expenditure — Persia, Siam etc' [‎113r] (230/1196)

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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Political Secretary,
A statement is attached giving what appears
to he a reasonable estimate of the amount of Indian
ezperditure 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. , apart from that on vessels*
Attention is directed to the following points :-
(1) Statement n A n is compiled from the D. & C.
Statements from India.
(£) The Secret Service expenditure in 1924-E5 under
Bus hire has been deducted as suggested*
(3) In the Government of India telegram the figure
for Mohamnerah takes no account of passport fees
collected, which reduce the total expenditure
shared with the Foreign Office* The reason for
this is not apparent and the net figures have
been used by this Department.
(4) The actual Overseas Pay, under Bushire, for 1926-27
has been taken as the average and an estimated
figure for iron-effective and leave charges has
been embodied.
(5) The Foreign Office incur expenditure at Bushire
which is shared with India; this and an estimated
amount on account of Non-effective &c., charges
will be found under n B n *
(6) ,, C ,t is based on the statement on P.6227/28 as no
other information appears available, but slighu
additions have been made in respect of wholly
Indian expenditure at Mohammerah and Koweit
reported in the Government of India telegram of
13th December last. Presumably, however, Non-
effective &c., and possibly Overseas Pay, charges
are incurred on account of Muscat and Bahrein and
these would swell the total*
It is understood that figures relating to
Ahw&s are desired for record* In 1926-27 the
combined/

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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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