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Coll 54/1A(S) 'Middle East (Official) Committee: Reconstruction' [‎4v] (9/323)

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The record is made up of 1 file (161 folios). It was created in 2 Dec 1949-12 May 1950. 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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( c ) ' A-e^i-efrance in eduaation and technical training
providod by foreign firmg in ’the Middle ^aet,
4. Certain British and American firms, and in particular
the oil companies, are carrying out an extensive programme^or
assistance to the countries in which they operate in the fields
of education and technical training. The Anglo-Iranian Oil
Company may be cited as an example. The AIOG is building
and eqiiiping primary and secondary schools in the Khuzistan
Province, which on completion are handed over to the Ministry of
Education; it has provided laboratory equipment for the
science and enginerring faculties at the University at
Tehran; it provides' a large number of scholarships for
Persian students to take university or technical courses in
this country, (in 1948* 66 students were thus provided for);
and it provides for a large number of vocational training
schemes in Abadan for Persian trainees in different grades,
These include short six-months’ courses for various semi
skilled occupations; five year courses to train boys as low
grade artisans; five year courses to train boys as high grade
artisans and foremen; 3 year courses in commerce and technology
of secondary school standard designed to produce stenographers,
accountants, general clerks and technical junior staff itn the
engineering side; and finally, a five year course for technical
trainees of University standard, involving the possibility of
obtaining a Company University Scholarship in the United
5 * (d) T he Services of the Development .Divigion of the
British Middle East Office , which was established in 1946, are
available to the Middle East Governments at their request. The
Division includes .advisers in agriculture, forestry, animal
husbandry, entomology, labour, health and statistics, and a
co-operative adviser may shortly be appointed.
(e) British Council.
^T -. -1 , -.-n-r.,-
6. The British Council arranges lecture tours to the
Middle East countries of Britisn specialists in economic and
social, as well as in cultural subjects. Examples are the
recent visit of the Chief Nursing Adviser to the Ministry
of Health to lecture in Iraq and Syria, a recent lecture
tour by a senior expert in disinfestation, and a tour which
has now been arranged for Sir Malcolm Darling, a senior expert
on rural cooperation. The British Council also arranges for
visits of Middle East experts and leading scientific and
technical authorities to this country tj make contact with
scientific and research institutions hero, and provides a
number of scholarships‘for Middle East graduate and post
graduate students to study in British Universities. At
present there are nearly 40 British Council Scholars bursars
from the Middle East. (There are also over 100 Egyptian
students, and a considerable number of others of Middle East
nationalities, studying here under their own or their
Government’s‘.auspices) . The British Council also provides
certain Professors for the American University at Beirut and
maintains a students* hostel there.
(f) Technical assistance given to the Middle East
\ by British administered territories .
7. The Government of Cyprus has recently established a
Forestry Training School which is designed to accommodate
/Middle East...,.

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The file contains papers received or created by the Commonwealth Relations Office (CRO) relating to the Middle East (Official) Committee. It mostly consists of papers circulated to members of the Committee, received by the CRO. The file also includes: a few items of CRO correspondence with the Cabinet Office and the Offices of the United Kingdom High Commissioners in Karachi and Pretoria; and a register of papers relating to the Committee received or sent by the CRO, with internal CRO correspondence relating to the file, at the back of the file.

The circulated Committee papers consist of:

  • The agendas for, and minutes of, the Committee meetings of 3 and 17 January 1950, at which was discussed Washington discussions on economic and social development in the Middle East, the utilisation of surplus oil revenues 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. , technical assistance to the Middle East, and possible requirements of Middle East governments for sterling assistance for economic development.
  • Papers prepared by the Working Party of the Committee on economic and social development in Sudan, 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. States, and technical assistance to the Middle East.
  • A paper stating the Committee’s general policy regarding the promotion of social progress in the Middle East, entitled ‘The Social and Internal Political Implications of Economic Development in the Middle East’, prepared as a brief for the discussions of the Committee Chairman, Michael Wright, with the United States State Department.
  • A record of discussions between Wright and the State Department, on long-range development in the Middle East, held on 14 and 17 November 1949.
  • Minutes of meetings between Wright, and other Foreign Office and British Embassy representatives, and the International Bank, held on 21, 22 and 23 November 1949, and a joint memorandum summarising the result of the discussions.
  • The final report of the United Nations Economic Survey Mission for the Middle East, entitled ‘An Approach to Economic Development in the Middle East’.
  • The United Nations Resolution of 8 December 1949 to set up a Relief and Works Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East.
  • Other papers relating to technical assistance to the Middle East, and possible requests by Middle East Governments for sterling assistance in connection with their development projects in 1950 and 1951.
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1 file (161 folios)

The papers are arranged in reverse chronological order from the front to the rear of the file.

Numbers in red pen on the top right hand corner of each item in the file (apart from one item which does not have a number in red pen) refer to entries in the register of papers received and sent by the Commonwealth Relations Office at the back of the file. The copies of papers listed on the register as being sent to the Economic Registry or Mr Thomson (Economic) are not included in the file.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 161; 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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