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Coll 5/80 ‘Air Route to India – Arab Coast Route: Sharjah Air Agreement & additional accommodation for the B.A.O.C.’ [‎3r] (5/256)

The record is made up of 1 file (126 folios). It was created in 1 Mar 1943-15 Jun 1949. 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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Dear Harrison,
May I refer to your letter of the 20th April, 1948, addres
sed to Gary enclosing correspondence with the Political Kesident,
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. on the use of Kalba Landing Ground and your further
letter of the 11 th Iway, 1948 agreeing to the lapsing of the agree
ment in respect of this Landing Ground as from the 27 th August,
1948. ‘f
2. The agreement provided for monthly payments of Rs.400 but cur
papers do not show to whom the payments are due,
3 . We have, however, recently received a request for payment
to the Ministry of Civil Aviation of the sum of £310 Os Od,
representing payments made by the Political Resiuent at the rate
of Rs. 400 a month for the period October, 1946 to February, 1948
to the Ruler of Abu Dhabi for facilities including petrol storage
at Yas Island, the Seer Island, or Sir-Beni-Yas Island.
4. The latest reference quoted by the Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. is No, 221-81/IL
of the 14th April, 1946 and I think the ^ueooiofto for wbdch pay
ment is demanded are the same as those referred to in paragraph
1 above. I shall be grateful, however, if you can confirm this.
, % Yours sincerely, ^
iJs U—»» ^ £0 .
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F. A. K. Harrison, Lsq.,
Commonwealth Relations Office,
Downing Street,
S. W. 1.

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The file contains papers related to the renewal of the Sharjah Commercial Air Agreement in 1943, and subsequent increases to the subsidy paid to the Shaikh of Sharjah under the agreement and changes to accommodation requirements for both the British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) and the Royal Air Force (RAF). It also contains correspondence related to the withdrawal of BOAC services from Sharjah in 1947, and discussion as to whether to amend or abandon the agreement as a result. The decision to renew the agreement in 1948 is documented by minutes of an inter-departmental meeting held on 16 March 1948: see folios 11-12.

A number of statements of payments made to the Shaikh of Sharjah under the Air Agreement for the periods April 1945 to August 1946 and December 1946 to November 1947 were submitted to 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. by 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. : see folios 15, 18, 21, 39, 64, 75, 92, and 107. A list of buildings required at Sharjah by the RAF as of 1947 can be found on folios 24-28.

The main correspondents are as follows: 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. (Charles Geoffrey Prior and William Rupert Hay), officials of the Air Ministry (M W Low), 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. (from August 1947 the Commonwealth Relations Office; Roland Tennyson Peel, Eion Pelly Donaldson, Francis Anthony Kitchener Harrison), officials of the Ministry of Civil Aviation (H Jones and R C Bloodworth), and representatives of the External Affairs Department of the Government of India.

The title of the file contains an error: the British Overseas Airways Corporation is mistakenly referred to as BAOC instead of BOAC.

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 (126 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 for this description commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 128; these numbers are written in pencil, 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.

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