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Coll 54/2 'Middle East (Official) Committee: Working Party' [‎251r] (501/642)

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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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Althcu^i th#«e atmmzxt* appear in thia part; of tho
report, It wlU \>m undoretood that cKsplvyrnm otJior than th#
xion»coatraot daily xata wo^kox-s thaa® btucaa aad that tha
b«a«fit yf fra® travol would e>xtsnd to +*»«■»,
X^aa trl&l rolf;tioaa ?
k-% There are no worker^ ^s^aid.®atioiUi of any klrti
•uong the Ccs*p*ny»a taaployoee* Earring to the preaeat
»c*g© of industrial and social &yj r elop»*at of th® A mbs and
to the place oocupied by the rulir^ Sheikh in the affair* of
h^e State, it is unlikely that sieh o^^cnltatione wi^.l «orge
<h^rin^ the acist 3 to 5 year# at least but this j^osea on
the nanageaeni of the Coaspsny a epeoitil obligation to
introduce progreaalve saeaeuz^ea, is initiate iaproTed conditions
of e^loyatant, «aaienitie& and aooi&l welfare mkm&m for their
Arab workers ard thereby mints tie etaadari of Xiving and
saci- Al betterwwito There was ewidonoe that the Ranageaient
were not nnsdnclfh! of their obli:$ELtiofic
The ' Indians* formed a Representation Ccaasittee
»»»ae time ago stainly it seesied ti air grleeanoes end Bake
complaints but it was not In any sense an industrial union or
association© 1 was told that it Buffered a serious setback
in 194/ when, vm the result of tie ocll&pse of intended
strong dssonstration, 'the Coaasii‘;o® ooased its outpourings
ajid have not given any trouble since. Tn® Won~Evs’op©ftsi
Personnel Supervisor assurod iae his relations with the
mprosentativeB of those asplcyw^s were cordial ausd «o far as
he was aware '^h«y had no legitimate gi^jads fox* oc-«plaints.
^ observs.tions, I think this claia was .iusUfled.
Thezw was a certain amount of labour unrest,, alleged
to have been fooented by political Agitators, at the beginning
of 1%.7, due te d«Rands for greatly inorsased wages. These
dwaai^da were inspired by tiic wzioh higher w«ge© bef ng paid at
t?iat ti®« by oil oowpauioa contraotorii etc. in other axeas
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. , where, however, the costs of living were
mt coB^arable with those nt Bahrain. Iteertheless, the
owp&ay grantee; mabatantial inorsases and the Bahrain
Govei^aatmt did the seme. Thera have been no :%ajcr troubles
since 0
Sc buoftticn of A rab^
Tn Kovamber 1548, the Ctaatpany started an erperlncotal
4 months course of education in rlsaple Relish of 36 Arab workers
yho had reached a reasonable standard of &kilX A^. experience
in their occupations but whoso usefulness to the C<ag>any and
progress in their skill was retarded try a lack of knowledge of
mauling vritirjg and arithmetic in Bngliaih<» H&ny A mbs are
cos^Xetely illiterate^ others are Litomte to a limited degree.
1H in each of these groups wore mminated by their supervisors
fo;r the experimental course after preliminaxy tests of an
e-j-ssentary nature© Their oocupfitioars varied fro® clerical to
artifien and their ages from 12; to 25 years. They are paid their
J® 1 ®* 1 ««£®* during Ihe oouree© A playing field is atteu^ed to
tiio t^nporary centre* I saw the results of their studies nearly
3 months through the courae and they v'ero /dost striking©
/&?, K»s»d»'.>3y

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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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