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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.' [‎86r] (171/379)

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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letter of 8th May that the proposals should be put to the
Sheikh. in a telegram of 28th May 1935 (P.Z.4189/35) they
added that they were considering the question of an Assistant
in connection with the Baharinah question, and that the
agreement to Mr. Belgrave’s increased remuneration "need not
be read as definitely excluding consideration of proposal
for Assistant".
Meanwhile on March 18th 1935 (P.Z.4177/35) Colonel
powle had submitted a despatch on the subject of the
grievances of the Baharinah in Bahrein, particularly in
respect of the law courts. In this connection he mentioned
that in order to minimise these grievances the Sheikh had
for some time made Mr. Belgrave sit on the bench in the
Joint Court. This Colonel Powle regarded as undesirable
(apart from the extra work thrown on Mr. Belgrave) since
"it is not our business in Bahrein to administer justice
for the Bahrein Government b\t to induce and teach the latter
to administer justice themselves, and it is a reflection on
the judicial system of that Government that justice can only
be ensured by the placing of a foreigner on the bench".
In their reply of the 6th November 1935 (P.Z.8485/35)
the Government of India (after consultation witn the Secretary
of State) said they were reluctant to concur in the suggestion
that the presence of a European State Official on the Bahrein
Court should be dispensed with, since "the Ruling family still
have much to learn in the matter of judicial probity".
"They admit that the addition of this duty to the multifarious
duties of the Advister must result in overwork for Mr.Belgrave,
but they would suggest that the solution lies not in any
suggestion to remove him from the Court but to provide him
once more with an Assistant.” The Government of indja went
on to refer to the proposal (see above) that as Mr.Belgrave»s
emoluments/

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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.' [‎86r] (171/379), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/12/3787, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100036542140.0x0000ac> [accessed 14 October 2019]

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