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Coll 54/2 'Middle East (Official) Committee: Working Party' [‎267r] (533/642)

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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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years s contract. The minimum of the Chief
Is Us, 29? rising to Hs 6 41 i- - + -
sjZ the end of
three contracts 0 The comparable rates for a Head Clerk
are fisc and Hs. %! 7 o In addition to these basic rates,
they re* :ive the following benefits
A j
’• i food and accommodation if unmarr led or married
<" see cm pan ted by family
olus Rsc ’*0 per month if accommodated in tents
vlus <, " ri Desert Allowance if working
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outside town of Kuweit
1 : "' ; arrled and accompanied by family, .free accommodation
plus Rs* 200 per month
: f iIvins in Kuweit and not provided with free food
-nu accommodation, plus $3$ of: basic wage.'
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additional benefits mentioned was
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70 per month was quoted to me. The
le rates must therefore be rogarded
■e&sonable recognition of the
;ions in Kuweit 0 I was satisfied
>yees, the Indians receive
'cmpaay 1 s exsc utives
a is easy by those - who do not appreciate
iultie 5 } dVri influenced by political
I?t adapt themselves to a completely new
and often trying (heat, sandstorms etc.) mode of living.
The comment made to mo was that the younger Indians»
particularly those from South Indio, were the most prone to
grumble and to display e degree of anti~3rItish anti-
imperialist -attitude« But. the prevailing opinion was that,
as time goes on and the nev? town at Ahmadi with all its
amenities ts conpleted, the Indian community will become more
contented with the conditions„ Meanwhile, the company will
maintain regular contact with representswive 3 of the various
sections of the commui:ity, not In the form of an association
or joint consultation - such organisations are strictly
banned by the Sheikh of Kuweit in regard to the Arabs and
he will not permit ? so far, ether nationals to be treated
differently - but through the medium of catering committees,
the functions of which will be enlarged gradually and with
discret iono It will be in the best interests of the company
to pursue this course with seme enthusiasm as they will have
to rely upon a large common ty of Indians for many years to
come in view of the certainty that Arabs in general and
kuwe.lits in particular w 113 not provide In sufficient numbers
the employees required for skilled and semi-skilled
occupations* The education and training of the Arabs will he
a long process due to their illiteracy end general backwardness

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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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