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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.' [‎84r] (167/379)

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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In his letter of 18th July 1934 (P.Z.5533/34)
Colonel Loch, when Acting Resident 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. ,
recommended to the Government of India the appointment of
an Assistant to Mr. Belgrave, Adviser to the Bahrein
Government. He explained that owing to the development
of Bahrein in the last decade from complete obscurity and
almost Bedouin rule to a State administered on modern lines
the Adviser had more work than one man could do. Endeavours
had been made to delegate work to members of the Ruling
Family but owing to lack of aducation there was no one who
could undertake such duties as complicated work connected
e.g. with oil and air developments. Further, the British
Commandant of Police had been dispensed with, as an economy,
and his duties taken on by Mr. Belgrave. Mr. Belgrave was
gravely overworked and leave had become essential to his
health. Temporary arrangements had been made for carrying
on in his absence but these were not ideal. What was
wanted was an Assistant not only to relieve the Adviser but
also to provide continuity in his absence (which must
necessarily, in that climate, be reasonably frequent).
Colonel Loch emphasised that this proposal did not in any
way signify a desire to ’westernize* Bahrein. On the
contrary the ’Al Khalifah family were being made to function
as far as possible as a kind of Executive Council. The
possibility of getting an Arab Assistant had been considered
but there was no suitable local man.
Colonel Loch added that he understood the Sheikh
considered the appointment necessary, and Colonel Fowle
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agreed, provided the matter was submitted to the Government
of India before the Sheikh was consulted.
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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.' [‎84r] (167/379), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/12/3787, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/mirador/81055/vdc_100036542140.0x0000a8> [accessed 14 October 2019]

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