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'F-86 File 82/27 - V QATAR OIL' [‎163r] (334/466)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (228 folios). It was created in 19 Jun 1934-21 Jan 1935. It was written in English and Arabic. 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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z. 7118/34.
Britannic House,
Finsbury Circus,
London, E.C.2.
19th November, 1934.
j.G. Laithwaite, Esq.,
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. ,
S.W.l.
Dear Laithwaite ,
Thank you for your letter of the 15th November
regarding Qatar oil, under reference P.2.6792/34.
The information you give as to the limitation
to 5^ ad valorem of the duties which this Shaikh at least may
levy on foodstuffs which we might import entirely alters the
picture. It is not 5 c /o duties that we are frightened of on
food, but the 255^ or more which we have experienced elsewhere.
I see little protection from our point of view
in any provision that customs dues shall not exceed those
levied on Qatar subjects, because our experience elsewhere
again has been that our food and other private requirements
are not those required by the inhabitants of the countries
in which wo work, and it is therefore very simple to introauce
taxation involving no discrimination in principle but an
unbearable burden in practice. If the Shaikh’s Treaty of
1916 is to bind him and his successors during the currency of
a possible concession, we should not ask for reconsideration
of duties on foodstuffs. I hope that you will not make water
similarly dutiable, as I have just hoard from Qatar that
virtually all the springs there are ”straight Epsom salts’”.
I agree with your view as to the likelihood
of the Shaikh being familiar with the provisions of the Kuwait
Agreement. We have ^very reason to believe that he is closely
informed of every step there, and that he has no intention of
any serious negotiations pending the completion of the Kuwait
negotiations.
yi I am glad that such variations as wore effected
in the draft dated 25th October are acceptable to you. I
enclose another six copies of the draft.
Our geological party should by now I think be
in Qatar, and Iviylles v/ill be going there this month to have a look
at them e.nd at the Shaikh, but does not anticipate as I said any
serious discussions, since during Ramadan the Shaikh proposes
to retire to an inaccessible part of the desert and will e
prepared to hold discussions only during the night season.
Yours sincerely,
L. LEFROY.

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Content

The volume contains correspondence between the Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. at Bahrain and 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. at Bushire, the Government of India, 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. in London and Anglo-Persian Oil Company (APOC) representatives in regard to the air reconnaissance of Qatar and the negotiations with ‘Abdullāh bin Jāsim Āl Thānī, Sheikh of Qatar, for the oil concession, including arrangements for APOC's Mr Mylles visiting Doha and on the visit of the Sheikh of Qatar to Bahrain, from 14 to 19 October 1934. The volume contains draft agreements and:

  • 'Memorandum respecting the Boundaries in Arabia: Anglo-Turkish Arrangements' (ff. 22-23), with map (f. 24) showing the Anglo-Turkish Conventions lines in the Arabic peninsula;
  • Hand-drawn map showing the itinerary of the Qatar air reconnaissance carried out on 29 June 1934 (folio 34).
  • 'Sketch map of Qatar Peninsula' (folio 218).

There are some letters in Arabic, mainly to and from the local rulers.

Extent and format
1 volume (228 folios)
Arrangement

The documents in the volume are mostly arranged in chronological order. There are notes at the end of the volume, (folios 213-219). The file notes are arranged chronologically and refer to documents within the file; they give a brief description of the correspondence with reference numbers in red crayon, which refer back to that correspondence in the volume.

There is also an brief index at the beginning (f. 1A) indicating the main topics covered in the volume.

Physical characteristics

Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 230; these numbers are written in pencil 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. An additional foliation sequence is present in parallel between ff 35-229; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled. A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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