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Coll 28/22 ’Persia; Relations with H.M.G. Persian Debt to H.M.G.’ [‎24r] (47/385)

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The record is made up of 1 file (191 folios). It was created in 12 Jun 1931-1 Mar 1940. It was written in English and French. 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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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. ,
WHITEHALL, S.W.l
7th October, 1933.
I enclose a copy of a letter from the Foreign
Office covering a provisional draft of instructions to
be given to Hoare as regards the resumption of the Treats
negotiations with Persia, together with a very valuable
a.ppendix showing tne position in July of this year on
trie various Articles of the draft Treaty. We have not
yet been able to take instructions here on the provisiona
draft, but I enclose copy of a draft reply to the Foreign
Office which we are submitting for approval^which is,
I think, self-explanatory. The future of Henjam, about
which I wrote to you in my air mail letter of 22nd
September, No.P.Z.6051/33, is for discussion in the
-iiadle East Official Sub-Committee of the Committee of
Imperial Defence on Tuesday, 10th October, and the result
of that discussion may be to necessitate a further
alteration of the instructions. But in view of the
urgency of the matter (as Hoare is due to leave on the
11th October) I think it well to send you these papers
Major W,K.Fraser-Tytler, C.M.G.,M.C., a t/
. oreign Secretary to the Government of India ^
foreign and Political Department, ’
mi DELHI.

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Correspondence concerning the Persian Government’s desire, signalled in June 1931, to pay off in full a pre-war interest-bearing debt owed to Britain, totalling £490,000. Correspondence is chiefly exchanged between the Foreign Office (Charles William Baxter, George William Rendel), 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. (John Gilbert Laithwaite), the Treasury (Thomas Kenneth Bewley), and the British Legation at Tehran (Charles Dodd), and covers:

  • The wording of a formal response to be given to the Persian Government, that does not comprise or jeopardise the outstanding (post-war) debt of £1,510,000 remaining to be paid.
  • The nature of the servicing of the debt and its interest.
  • In late August 1931, the Persian Ministry of Finance’s decision to abandon service of the debt, and continue payment of interest on the debt at seven per cent.
  • In 1932, the Persian Ministry of Finance’s reversal of their earlier decision to abandon servicing of the debt.
  • In June 1933, confirmation via the Imperial Bank of Persia of the full servicing of the pre-war debt.
  • 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. correspondence dated October 1933, enclosing a provisional draft of instructions for a General Treaty between Britain and Persia, making mention of the outstanding debt owed by Persia to Britain (ff 16-34).

The file contains two letters in French (f 42, f 47), sent by the Treasury General of the Persian Ministry of Finance.

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1 file (191 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 (used for referencing) commences at the inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the last folio with 192; 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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