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Coll 5/10 ‘Air Route to India: Persia; Arabian Coast Route; Negotiations with Arab Sheikhs’ [‎34r] (78/800)

The record is made up of 1 volume (393 folios). It was created in 25 Jul 1931-25 Sep 1932. 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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Minute Paper.
Department.
214b
3000 8 31
comes^ to inform the Sheikh of Abu Dhabi of our
intention.
The flying boats would have to use
Ras-al-Khaimah for refuelling; there is, of course,
already a petrol barge at that place in connection
with the Military air route. It will also be
desired to have an emergency night stop somewhere
on the east side of the Musandim peninsula^ but
the best place for this has not yet been located.
The commencement and the rate of pro
gress of the preparations depend on the Persian
Government’s attitude in regard to the South Persia
permit. It will be seen from papers submitted
concurrently on another file that the Foreign Office
sent a reminder on this subject to Mr. Hoare on
10th February and that the latter has replied that
he is sure that so long as the Minister at Court
believes in the probability of a general treaty
settlement, Imperial Airways will be allowed to
function. Mr. Hoare intends to press, about the
end of February, for a provisional permit unless
Tairnourtache makes a move meanwhile. The F.O.
'
were asked at the meeting whether Mr. Hoare could
not make a definite proposal before the end of the
month, but they were of opinion that this is a
question of tactics which is much better left to
the Minister. Colonel Shelmerdine thought that
it would be possible to get ready the depot ship
in time at about a month’s notice. Ii ^he Persian*
attitude turns out after all to be against giving
a permit provisionally pending the progress of the
general treaty negotiations, then they could be
pressed/

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The volume contains correspondence, memoranda, and minutes related to a proposal to relocate 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. Air Route (linking Europe and India) from Southern Persia to the Arabian Coast. The proposal is related to difficulties between the British and Persian governments over securing an extension of Imperial Airways' concession to operate in Persia. The volume therefore also contains papers related to the progress of negotiations between the British Government and the Government of Persia. However, the majority of the volume relates to the examination of the Arabian Coast option; this includes potential route options, possible sites for facilities, estimates of expenditure, and progress reports on negotiations between the Trucial Shaikhs – primarily at Dubai and Ra's al-Khaymah – and Hugh Vincent Biscoe, 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 volume also contains minutes of the meetings of the Official and Ministerial Sub-Committees of Imperial Defence for the Consideration of Middle Eastern Questions: 2 November 1931 (folios 226-35), 5 November 1931 (folios 217-25), 17 November 1931 (folios 175-82), 17 December 1931 (folios 89-102), and 15 February 1932 (folios 28-31 and folios 22-5). Related notes and memoranda can also be found within the volume.

A number of extracts from reports (dated 24 March, 26 April, and 25 September 1932) from E C Denison and D S McGrath, Commanding HMS Bideford , on trips to the Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates. can be found on folios 3-9; this includes details relating to the construction of the Sharjah Aerodrome.

The main correspondents are as follows: 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 Foreign Secretary to the Government of India, officials of the Admiralty, officials the Air Ministry, officials of the Foreign Office, and officials of the 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. .

The file includes a divider which gives a list of correspondence references contained in the file by year. This is placed at the back of the correspondence.

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1 volume (393 folios)
Arrangement

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

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Foliation: the foliation sequence commences at the first folio with 1 and terminates at the inside back cover with 395; 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. The foliation sequence does not include the front cover, nor does it include the two leading flyleaves.

A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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