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Coll 30/70 'Bahrain: Amendment of contracts of Capt Parke, Commandant of Police, & Mr Belgrave, Adviser to the Sheikh of Bahrain: leave of Mr Belgrave, etc.' [‎5r] (9/379)

The record is made up of 1 file (188 folios). It was created in 13 Mar 1930-24 Mar 1948. 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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FOKEIGN OFFICE, A
(E 2901/327/91)
coii?ireuTiAL
13 th March, 1948
Dear Hay
We have been reading with some interest
and concern some of the correspondence between you and
the Commonwealth Relations Office about British
advisers in the Gulf, In view of our imninent
assumption of responsibility I siould perhaps let you
know at once that we at the Foreign Office agree warmly
with the views expressed in paragraph 4 of Gibson’s
letter of the 3rd March, that His Majesty’s Government
with their special position 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. cannot
remain indifferent to the standard of administration
in the Sheikhdoms, for the shortcomings of whose
governments His Majesty’s Government, whatever the
legal position may be, will be held responsible, x
that the Sheikhs of Koweit and Bahrein, which are
relatively the two more important of the Sheikhdoms, do
not seem to have realised that the increasing strategic
and economic importance of their States demands an
improvement in their present standard of administration,
and the delegation to competent Advisers of sufficient
executive authority to carry out a programme of
administrative and social reform and economic development
if they are to avoid political agitation and economic
unrest in the future.
however, like to have a comprehensive appreciation from
you on the question of British advisers at Koweit and
Bahrein and also at Muscat. We should like to know
what advisers you would think it desirable to have in
these three states - e.g. financial adviser in Koweit,
assistant and possible successor to Belgrave in Bahrein,
adviser on Foreign Affairs in Muscat, possible British
police officers in Koweit and Bahrein, and any others you
would wish to suggest - and also your views on the chances
of securing the agreement of the various rulers to such
appointments.
British Middle j^ast Offices, and would be grateful for any
comments he may care to make.
It is therefore somewhat disquieting to fincT
Before taking the matter any further we should,
I am copying this letter to Troutbeck at the
5
(B.ii.. B. Burrows)
Sir Rupert Hay, K.C. I.E*, 0.3.1.
Bahrein.

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The file concerns the terms of service of British officials working for the Government of Bahrain, principally Charles Dalrymple Belgrave, the Adviser to the Government of Bahrain.

The principal correspondents are 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. 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 Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. , Bahrain; Belgrave; and officials of the Government of India, the Foreign Office and 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. .

The papers cover: changes to the contracts of Belgrave and Captain L S Parke, Commandant of State Police, Bahrain; discussion of Belgrave's pay, leave, and workload; proposed improvements to Belgrave's terms of employment; proposals to appoint an Assistant Adviser to the Government of Bahrain; the issue of 'nationalist agitation' against Belgrave, including an anonymous petition from the 'Bahrain Island Population' to the Secretary of State for the Colonies, calling for Belgrave's replacement as Adviser, and making complaints about his administration of Bahrain, particularly in terms of education, the courts, and the Bahrain police (folios 40-42); the Bahrain state budget, including a note of discussions at Bahrain on 16 March 1946 between 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. 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. (Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Charles Geoffrey Prior) and Belgrave, which covers all aspects of the administration of Bahrain, and is critical of Belgrave (folios 17-21); and discussion of Belgrave's possible retirement or dismissal.

The file includes a divider, which gives a list of correspondence references contained in the file by year. This is placed at the back of the correspondence.

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1 file (188 folios)
Arrangement

The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the file.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence commences at the inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the last folio with 189; 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. A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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Coll 30/70 'Bahrain: Amendment of contracts of Capt Parke, Commandant of Police, & Mr Belgrave, Adviser to the Sheikh of Bahrain: leave of Mr Belgrave, etc.' [‎5r] (9/379), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/12/3787, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100036542140.0x00000a> [accessed 21 October 2019]

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