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Coll 35/20 'Persian Gulf: Bahrain; installation of a telephone communication between the wireless station of Imperial and International Communications Ltd at Manamah and the landing ground at Muharraq' [‎100r] (199/431)

The record is made up of 1 file (214 folios). It was created in 9 Feb 1934-21 Aug 1947. 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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EXT. 6687/45
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•INDIA OFFICE,
WHITEHALL
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^ ^January, 1946*
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^ ould you please refer to 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. express letter
No. Ext. 6687 of 27 th December about the nationalisation of
pAhl* A tireless Ltd.
I should hope that it will be possible for you without
any undue difficulty to allay the fears of the Sheikhs concerned
in this matter. H.M.Q. have always had a large share in the
direction of policy through the Imperial Coujiunication
Advisory Coranittee (later,Conaonwealuh Co munications Cotmcil;,
and for the present the only major change will be in the
transference of ownership of assets from private to public
hands. But, in fact, H.M.G. have always been a large, if
not a majority, shareholder in Cable A ftireless and trie
Chairman's appointment was subject to G-ovemment approbation.
There was a limitation, too, on the dividends paid: any excess
over standard revenue having to be returned to the consumer
by way of reduction of charges.
I am sending a copy of this letter to Burnett.
The Hon'ble ^ir Geoffrey Prior, K.C.I.E.,
The Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. ,
Bushire.

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The initial part of the file concerns the negotiations for the installation of a telephone service between the wireless station of Imperial and International Communications Ltd at Manamah and the landing ground at Muharraq, in 1934-35. The second part contains correspondence from 1944, focusing on costs of the line installation, and on its operation by Cable and Wireless Limited.

The file also contains later correspondence regarding the installation of an Automatic Telephone System in Bahrain, in 1946. These include estimated annual charges. The file includes two copies of a deed between the Ruler of Bahrain and Cable and Wireless Limited to maintain telecommunications in Bahrain for a period of 50 years, 1947 (a draft on folios 40-47 and original, in English and Arabic, on folios 5-11).

There are no papers in the file dated 1936-43.

The file contains correspondence between: 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 Political Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. at Bahrain; the Foreign Office; 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. ; HM Air Ministry; Imperial Airways Limited; the State Engineer of the Government of Bahrain; Claud Cranbrook Lewis de Grenier, for the Adviser to the Government of Bahrain; Sir Charles Dalrymple Belgrave, Adviser to the Government of Bahrain; Cable and Wireless Limited; the General Post Office; and the Board of Trade.

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1 file (214 folios)
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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 (used for referencing) commences at the inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the last folio with 215; 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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Coll 35/20 'Persian Gulf: Bahrain; installation of a telephone communication between the wireless station of Imperial and International Communications Ltd at Manamah and the landing ground at Muharraq' [‎100r] (199/431), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/12/4126, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100055754051.0x000001> [accessed 6 December 2019]

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