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Coll 28/22 ’Persia; Relations with H.M.G. Persian Debt to H.M.G.’ [‎29r] (57/385)

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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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more closely considered, but sub ject to such further
consideration and to any comment by the Government of
India we would propose to accept the Foreign Office
redraft.
(b) As regards the Annex to Article T . please see
paragraph 5 of the draft to the Foreign Office enclosed.
Article This Article is of interest primarily
to the Admiralty, It is, of course, proposed that we
should put forward the text now suggested only after one
more effort has been made to secure acceptance of "simple
notification", ihere is however one small point. I
gather that there is some possibility that, if conditions
seem favourable for this, a Bill for the establishment
of an Indian Navy may be introduced in the Indian
Legislature in the fairly near future; and that if such
a Bill were to be passed the title of the Royal Indian
Marine would be altered to Indian Navy. For the moment,
however, it seems clear that we must continue to refer to
it as the Royal Indian Marine. If the Treaty negotiations
drag, it will, if necessary, be possible to send
supplementary instructions to Hoare on this point. Do
you agree?
Article III bis. We await your views on the
Foreign Office proposals regarding this Article - see
our/

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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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