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Coll 5/10 ‘Air Route to India: Persia; Arabian Coast Route; Negotiations with Arab Sheikhs’ [‎44r] (98/800)

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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Against this exp end it lire, however, the payment of
£ 3 ,COO a year for protection at nas-al-Khaimah would be saved;
for the seven years which Imperial Airways 1 agreement has still
to run this would represent a total saving of £21,000. The
provision of a rest house at Gwadar can be regarded as roughly
th* equivalent of a raet house at fes-al-Chaimah.
A revised financial statement showing the effect of the
new scheme is attached.
3. As regards the second decision (b) of the Minieterial
subcommittee (vide page 1 of this memorandum) Imperial Airwaye
Ltd. sent Lieut. Commander Calpin, S.W. (Retd#) te the
Persian Oulf to make the survey. On the advice of the British
Resident, however, he id not attempt to continue this survey
beyond Bahrein owing to the attitude of the Trucial coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates.
Sheikhs to the service. He is now at marachi.
4. The third decision of the Ministerial Subcommittee
concerned immediate measures for the construction of a rest house
on the Trucial coaet. The revised proposals contained in
paragraph ( 2 ) above do not, however, envisage a rest house there,
but a depot ehip for use at Taa Island and a rest house at
Gwadar.
It should be possible to procure and fit out a suitable
vessel in a comparatively short time. The Company have made
preliminary enquiries in this connection already. Arr ngemento
can also be improvised without much delay at Gwadar to tide over
the period while the rest house is being constructed.
But even if the necessary steps were taken immediately
the arrangements for starting operations could not be completed
by the 3lat March when the present permit from the Persian
Government expires.
In thess circumstances the i^oreign Office have been
asked to instruct H.M. Representative at Tehran to apply forthwith
for at least a temporary extension of the permit. It is under 3 tM
that the Persian Governments attitude is now more reasonable
and that there is some prospect that they will agree to a
continuance of operations along the present route.
Until the position has become clearer it may be
desirable not to incur the expenditure involved in the proposals
in para raph 2 #
In any case, if permission for on extension of any
description is refused by the Persians, the only means of
preventing the service from being interrupted until the necessary
arrangements under paragraph 2 have been completed will be to
call upon the R•A• • to operate the section Bahrein-Carachi.
Their assistance to this extent would enable the mail service to
be suiintained but passenger bookings ould have to be suspended.

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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)
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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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