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Coll 29/11 'Tehran Legation: pay of munshis and menial staff; office accommodation' [‎36r] (71/525)

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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20th January 1942.
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I have the honour to refer to mv desnatch! lfo .14 of the
15th .Tft-m iaT*y. 194 2 f concerning the amoluments of the clerical
staff and temporary secretaries of this Legation, and to in
vite your attention to the position of the tv/o established
clerical officers: Mr. BISHOP and Mr. GAMBLE.
2 .
In my previous despatched ITos.109 and 166 of the 15th
August and the 28th 0ctober J _T94U _ fP T 'aentlbhed their particular
dlffieuTty“TH meeting the'^expensee of life in Tehran, owing to
the inadequacy of their local allowances compared with their
taxable salary. I must confess that I did not at the time
realize the full implications of the present arrangement but
the attached memorandum shows the situation only too clearly:
Mr. BISH0P ! s net emoluments for the last year were £383,15,0d.
Mr. GAMBLE’S were only £418,-,-d in spite of the fact that he
has two children and receives allowances for them.
3. For the other members of the clerical staff I have re
commended a cost of living bonus of 2 ^ to meet present circum
stances, but having now examined Messrs. BISHOP’S and GAJiBLS’s
income and expenditure I am satisfied that such a bonus alone
would not meet their case. Were it applied, Mr. BISHOP’s and
Mr. GAMBLE'S net emoluments would still fall short of a reasonable
living income.
4 . It will not be disputed I think that the salary aid allow
ances of an established Government servant must be sufficient to
allow him to marry and have children, and that those living
abroad must have regular opportunities of taking home leave so
as not to lose touch entirely with their own country. It is
therefore clear that, if the scale of Messrs. BISHOP's and
GAMBLE'S salary cannot be altered at present, their local allow
ance should now be reviewed.
5. For Mr. BI3H0P I have the honour to propose that in the
first place a local allowance (non-taxable and non-pensionable)
of £100 a year should be granted to him. This would bring his
emoluments to an adequate level in normal time. In the second
place T propose that he should receive a cost of living bonus
of 20 -fj for the present (on the same basis as the other clerical
assistants) on his total emoluments, to meet the unusual, though
not I fear ephemeral, circumstances which prevail at present.
6 . ^or Mr. GAMBLE I have the honour to propose that he
should no?/, after so many pears of loyal and competent service,
and more than five years as an established clerical officer, be
promoted to the higher clerical grade, and that he should re
ceive £100 a year local allowance with 2CK cost of living bonus
on his /
The Fight Honourable,
Anthony Eden, P.C., M.P., M.G.,
etc. etc. etc.

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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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