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Coll 54/2 'Middle East (Official) Committee: Working Party' [‎273v] (546/642)

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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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certainly poor 8 pcolm»n« oa our ©tandard «.g t the Co^pAny ,v a
alnlmuat weight for engagement was 8 stone»; it had to he
lowered to 7 atones. Yet they are wiry and give a fdod
day's output or worh - on native etandarde, The Coapnny
provides free transport once per month to all workera who
wish to visit Doh&h and the period of aheence allowed ie
mid-day Thureday to commencing time on Sunday.
are allowed to go each waei, This arrangement enabloe
Qatari e to visit their fftmili «*8 and the Wo aqua and no
doubt is welcomed by the men.
Qyer-ai-l Laboar atrength, M-.'nthXy end flails
aeiactefl date dur in g 19f8.
20 .
Monthly paid
!>&Uy ps_14
Foraiscner® Qatari e
100 1
.135 1
153 2
161 • 2
102 1 2
Estimated that dally
was about 3000

Division of daily -oaid 5.nto
Artlaana and Unskilled workswn
21 ,
Ar t! sang
ForftiRnerc Qataria
August 1948 428 X40
October 1946 4E6 144
1948 504 1S4
The Qatari artisans were mainly employed in the Transport
Contractors* Labour
22. Contracting firms are employed by -the Oil Company
for variouo wox'ka of construction e\g. buildings,
wharves,etc; These firm* employed a considerabla amount
of labour during 1948 but as tht^ figures below show, the
number has been reduced in oonacquance of the completion
of contracts* Apart fro® the technical employees of the
Companies concerned, all the labour composed of
“Qataris* at daily rates!;-
1948 —
1948 -
1948 -
1940 -
1948 *"
A high percentage of the workers discharged ms engaged by
the Oil Company for their direct work.
i n i i»«wn —xmt
2S» At this stage of the Unit's development, it is
little more than a modern Xlon&yke and in my view, the
Company have done the maximum that could bo reasonably
expected of them for all their smployee* and workers -
British, American and all th$ other nationals. Dukhan
was only & teraperary camp at the clo*»e of the war-; it is
now a well-organised community. Naturally the conditions

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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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