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Coll 54/2 'Middle East (Official) Committee: Working Party' [‎266r] (531/642)

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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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Political, agent at .Kuweit, acts as liaison betiveeh .tUe
Sheikh e:ad the Oil Company - by »vho!i‘; he is pa:l£ s* salaryo
A three hours talk ■•’i'/r: him ga^e r;it- ta in:: re^aion that he.
consIrlere.d himself to be' the only person through whom the
affairs of the Company should be disc ussy3 with the Shaikh e
He convinced me of his very, keen interns I in the wellbeing
of •tie Arabs but I could not holy feel in/ that scae of hi:,
■outbursts of criticism.against the Company v?ere' anw-ise ond
in my judgement illccnceivad 0 It oaeni red to - me that if:
r;hat he os id to me was used in .discussions .with the She ikh
.and his chief officials - for example« .he mentioned .a rather
us conversation he had with the Chief of Police of
Kuweit ~ the Sheikh’s attitude to the Company’s affairs, and
particularly their scores of difficulties during the
expansion period may bs adversely affected» His Influence
of course may not be so great as he led mo tc believe. He
is elderly and verbose and his very many years' in Kuweit
may have encouraged him to exaggerate the place he. ought to
occupy in the determination and application of the Company’s
policyc For exempl'3 f he told* me he '^commanded” the “Sheikh’ .-3
Ouarda" at the Company’s developing sre-a at Ahmadi* They
were armed with t, carbibes n and he was responsible for their
“duties' 1 and-the “guard posts”.they should occupy. Yet, the
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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.

Extent and format
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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