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Coll 29/11 'Tehran Legation: pay of munshis and menial staff; office accommodation' [‎34r] (67/525)

The record is made up of 1 file (261 folios). It was created in 16 Sep 1926-13 Jun 1947. 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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in any further communication
on this subject, please quote
No. X 1336/145/503
and address-
no/ to mfty person by name
but to —
“ The Under-Secretary of State,”
Foreign Office.
London, SAV.l.
1 /
Foreign Office.
ext ! mM
.j, -4 February,
i I UZ j
I am directed 5y Mr* Secretary Eden to ref er to vour lett er
of t_he 27th January (ExjL A 8254/41) and to transmit herewith
copies of further correspondence!rom His Majesty*s Minister at
Tehran, regarding the emoluments of his non-diplomatic staff.
2. On present information Mr. Eden is not disposed to press
for a larger increase for December Quarter 1941 than the £25 per
annum already authorised, hut in view of the further rise in
the sterling cost of living, i.e. an increase of 65;o between
March Quarter 1938 and December Quarter 1941 it is considered
fnat a further increase of £50 per annum for the married clerical
staff and temporary secretaries and £15 per annum for the
unmarried employees, should be granted with effect from the
1st January last.
3. In the case of Mr. Bishop, Archivist at His Majesty*s
Legation, who was promoted to Higher Clerical grade under
Treasury letter of the 29th August 1938 (E 6118/3), it is
considered that, apart from the increase in the cost of living,
the responsibiD.ty now falling upon him owing to the increase
in the wor^; and stalf of the Legation, warrants an increase
* )asic allowance from £25 per annum (unmarried rate)
to £90 per annum, bringing his total emoluments to £619 as
from the 1st January last viz:-
, £
Salary (on scale £400 - £525) 454
Basic local allowance 90
Cost of living increase 75
(Temporary local allov/ance)
£ 619
It should be added that in the normal course an increase of
Mr. Bishop s local allowance of at least £50 a year on marriage
would have been favourably considered if application had been"
macte at the time.
4. I am to request that you will move the Secretary of
State for India to sanction the above proposals. a ^moiety of
the expenditure would be a charge on Indian revenues.
5. A copy of this letter has been sent to the Treasury.
I am.
Your obedient Servant,
The Under-Secretary of State,
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. .
No. It 2 i
FROM REG*’ "• -

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The file concerns the personnel employed at the British Legation at Tehran.

The file covers: increase of staff and related expenditure in 1928, accommodation, list of staff at the legation, installation of telephone systems, proposal to grant cost of living bonus to munshis and menial staff, employment of a third munshi A secretary or political assistant working in the British administration in the Gulf, often also providing linguistic interpretation. in 1933, proposal to appoint two additional Vice Consuls in 1934, pay rises, and requests for financial contributions from Government of India. There are also later documents, from 1945, regarding the employment of Indian Orderlies at the Legation.

The file is composed solely of internal correspondence between the Foreign Office, the Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. 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. , the Secretary of State for India, the British Legation at Tehran, and the Treasury.

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1 file (261 folios)

The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the file.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence for this description commences at the inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the last folio with 262; 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.

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