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Coll 54/2 'Middle East (Official) Committee: Working Party' [‎250r] (499/642)

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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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l»Xo Z *ak*& one or too portiona 1 sot in Amasoah,
Including Mr, Bolgrtro, the Adriaer tc the (Jovei'a»ent of
Bahrain» whether the current dad^y retee paid by the ooa^any
to the non-coatraot work*re oere reaeonehle having regard to
thoee paid eleeehere in the area for coapaneble work and wae
told that, although the increase* in company*» mtea during
recent year* had had a natural effect upon the wage* paid by
other employer*, they were considered to be appropriate to
the existing coat of living and to provide a reasonable
punohaeing powers
42c Approximately four~fifthe of these worker* are
transported each day in ooepany^a canihueea to and fro* their
house* in Kanasah and the outlying villages on the ialand®
The daily charge is 6 annas return to tfiananah and k oxmaM to
villages elae*hera« The Corapai$ r, a fleet includes many
05 » saater articulated vehicles and the transport arrengmaents
appeared to be well planned, and operated efficiently* The
Ccap&ny have net enough vehicles to undertake all the
necessary services and a substantial tasnbev of additional
vehicle* have been ordered* Sir Rupert Hay was very anxious
that farther endeavours should bo made to persuade the oce^any
to provide the transport free tc the workers and told me that
tltis was one of the matters about which the Sheikh of Bahrain
showed moh interest® X spoke to several senior executives
of the Company on the subject* It was generally admitted
(a) that large numbers of "Hon }3uropean w workers had
to travel long distances to Avail and the Refinery
because there was no acoosenodatlcn available nearer
than their present habitations but that in any case
they preferred to remain wh<tre they were for many
understandable reasons*
(b) that six anna* a day was a smbatential proportion
of the approx® RSo 3 * day received by the lower
grade workers who live at Hanwmt*
(o) that the amount the Company x*eceivea by way of fares
is only a small sot-off against the capital outlay
involved, the depredation in value of the vehicles
and the ocata of maintenance and running expensoa,
and that therefore free transport would not bs a
great burden to bear®
(d) that free transport would provide* a slight increase
in purchasing power of all th© workers' using the
buses and would be welcomed by the lower paid workers
(e) the reasonable attitude of the Sheikh in matters
affecting the Coog>ej3y t e interests should enocurage
a loaning towards his wishes in this Batter.
43® Ho doubt there are difficulties to overeoao, s«g® the
prevention of unauthorised passengers, control of use by company's
employees, insurance validity may be involved or need alteration,
but if I dodged the reaction of the Company 4 » executives
correctly, I think that further pressure by Sir Rupert Hay in due
season will enable him to achieve his dleair# to see free transport

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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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