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Coll 29/11 'Tehran Legation: pay of munshis and menial staff; office accommodation' [‎42v] (84/525)

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 1937 > owing to the increased cost of living,
the local allo'.vances of Messrs. Bishop and Gamble ( iiie
es'tablished Archivist and the Assistant Archivist^were
increased by £25 per annum and the salaries of the un- ^
established members of the clerical staff by the same
amount (P.Z«7183/j7) * this was discontinued in May of the
following year as it '.ms then possible to buy rials at
a very favourable black rateif at the same time, the local ^ fesj H\a^ i\o ■ 'ticJs (x> the.
allowances of Messrs. Bishop and Gamble were reduced by
£15 and £10 per annum respectively and the salaries of the
four other clerical members by £10. These rates were
liable to .review in event of an appreciable alteration
in the rate of exchange material variation in the
cost of living at Tehran. (P.Z«3333/38) •
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Arril 1940, in view of the increased cost
of living, the rate of bonus payable to the subordinate
native staff of the Legation was increased from AS/j
to 80h (P.Z. 2064/40) and in August of last year the bonus
of the Munshijgs was increased by 20)o (Ext. 379^/41 )•
H.M. Minister Tehran has now recommended that
since the cost of living has once more out-run currency
depreciation (the present rate of exchange is 140 rials
to the £, while the last published currency cost of
living figure was 209 * 5 ) married
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unable to agree to this and they A only approved an increase
of £25 per annum with effect from the 1st October last for
all the clerical staff. Their emoluments are still,
therefore, less than they enjoyed before 1938«
As the half of this increase, which will fall
on the Indian Hevenues, is less than £100* it is not^Su^T
necessary to refer the matter to the Government of
India. A draft letter to the Foreign Office is,
therefore, submitted.
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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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