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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.' [‎26r] (51/379)

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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CO NFIDENTIAL
o. 1672-S
His Majesty'^
Commonwe
PERL IAN GULF
BaHRaIN ,
the 19th September 1947
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State for
Copy to 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
MLEORAIIDUM
Owing to labour from Bahrain being attracted
by the higher wage rate prevailing in Saudi Arabia the
Bahrain Government some time ago imposed restrictions on
the migration elsewhere of Bahraini employees of the
Bahrain Petroleum Company, and of the Bahrain Government
and on artizans required for building projects in Bahrain.
2. Recent increases in the wage rate of Arab
labour in Saudi Arabia have had an unsettling effect on
labour in Bahrain. The local labour of the Bahrain
Petroleum Company have threatened to strike and leaflets
have been circulated denouncing the Bahrain Government,
and in particular the Adviser, Mr. Belgrave, for the keeping
down of wages and the orders mentioned in paragraph 1 above,
restricting the free and economic movement of labour.
3. The Bahrain,Petroleum Company have met the
situation by agreeing to increase the basic wage for Arab
labour from Rs.1/12/- to Rs.2/12/- per day. The management
is however concerned at the situation and have reported the
matter to their New York Office.-
4. The growing projects of the American Arabian
Oil Company and of Petroleum^Development (Qatar), Limited,
and the construction of the Riadh Railway will greatly
increase in the near future the demand for Arab labour on
the mainland. The Bahrain Petroleum Company are reported
to be prepared to-a pay sufficiently attractive wages to
retain their labour voluntarily. In order to prevent more
serious labour unrest and dissatisfaction with the
administration it will be necessary for the Bahrain Govern
ment to adopt a sufficiently attractive standard of wages.
I am informed that the Bahrain Government are urgently
considering measures.
Sd/- a.C. Galloway.
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. , 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. .
ATTESTED
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For Secretary to 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. , 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.
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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)
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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.' [‎26r] (51/379), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/12/3787, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100036542140.0x000034> [accessed 14 October 2019]

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