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Coll 54/2 'Middle East (Official) Committee: Working Party' [‎231r] (461/642)

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The record is made up of 1 file (320 folios). It was created in 11 Apr 1949-13 Apr 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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10* Shortage of British aan-poiror during th« war ywars
was tha oenso of th« decline in British personnel hut during
1$**5 heavy recruitaent of Britiah applicants took place* In the
vasta year many young Americans were recruited to speed up
post-war drrelopcKsnt#* The *orabidng plant* (high octane
petrol) was shut down in l%5/h& and many American* returned
to the United States or were transferred to Araaoo in Saudi
Arabia* The South Africans engaged in 1 %.;vVv - to meet
shortages of supply from elsewhere » did not prows satisfactory«
They were responsible for some minor trouble** to the Ccarpany
most of them were not offered a second oontraot« The
recruitment of Canadians has also ceased*
Balance between Americans and British Staff Personnelo
11. I was asked by Sir Rupert Hay to ascertain the
extent to wfaioh the cosnpany were honouring the requiraaent
in the oonoession agreement that preference should be giren
vdyore possible to the engage®ent of British sub^@ The
agreement with H*K*C* did not specify a percentage of British
subjects* it stated "as many eaployees as is consistent with
good practice shall be subjects of Great Britain or of the
Sheikh of Bahrein® and that of "five Directors* one shall be
British approved by E.1UG.* I was assured, by the Company' a
ecceoutire concerned (Mr. Crow) that* within the limiting
factors of qualifications* eocperienoe and industrial needs*
these requirements had been met, but at my request the
statements in the Appendix were furnished 0 They efciaw the
occupations in which Americans anq/or Britiah were esployed
as at 31st December l%3 and are self-e^Xsmtoryo
12. I discussed with Mr. Crotf the functions etc,, of
the Americana and did not feel justified in resisting the
reasons he gave for their employment* For temple* of the
Americans employed at the time of siy visit* 1$ were in
grades described as "Classified" anti th© following are eotse
of the notes I recorded
5 - were Re search speoialiats and Progreaa and
Development Engineers* They were all
graduates of American Universities* specialising
in Oil Teohnologyc The Company had not been
able to obtain sufficient Britishers with
similar qualifications* Mr* Crow quoted
the Universities of Texas and California
as providing exceptionally fine courses in
Petroleum Engineering up to B.3o. standard*
One young promising Britiah employee had
been given 1 year** leave of absence to
undertake a special course at Sheffield
6 - Boilermakers - All old employee a of the parent
Company* Three had had 41* 35 ^**1 21 years
experience* Exceptional aen*
/5 ** ^ elders *• •*••••

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The file contains papers relating to the Working Party of the Middle East (Official) Committee. It mainly consists of Working Party papers received by the Commonwealth Relations Office, and a register of these papers with notes at the back of the file.

The file includes agendas for meetings of the Working Party. It also includes papers circulated to members of the Working Party for consideration at meetings, relating to the following subjects: economic and social development in the Middle East in general; the Iraq Central Development Board; the question of an International Bank Loan for Iraq; a visit to Bahrain in January/February 1949 by Matthew Thomas Audsley; the Persian [Iranian] Seven-Year Plan; employment of British experts in the Middle East; a survey of the oil resources of the Middle East; and economic factors in Middle East development.

In addition, the file includes papers relating to economic and social development of the following places: Iraq; Greater Transjordan; Saudi Arabia; Cyrenaica, Tripolitania [Libya], Eritrea, and Somalia; the Colony of Aden and the Aden Protectorate; the Lebannon; Ethiopia; Sudan; and Yemen.

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1 file (320 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 items in the file refer to entries in the register of papers received by the Commonwealth Relations Office at the back of the file.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the last folio with 320; 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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