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Coll 17/27 'Iraq. Medical services' [‎7r] (13/190)

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The record is made up of 1 file (41 folios). It was created in 5 Feb 1936-8 Jun 1936. 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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unfriendly influences. Pr6paganda, both overt and covert;
is another obvious and important line and Political
Advisers should keep in close touch with Mr. Perowne
and Mr. Bishop. Bribery is a third course. Political
Advisers must use their own judgment in classifying
those who are friendly, those who might be persuaded by
one means or another to become friendly and those who
are irrecoverable. I imagine that the second class is
a very large one and that many can be converted.
The above is an outline of the political duties of
the Political Advisory Staff. Different districts will
present varied problems and will have to be dealt with
accordingly. Political Advisers must use their discretions.
Such problems as the Amy, the schools (especially in
Bagdad) and Bagdad itself which is the centre from which
the Axis propaganda has radiated are being given special
attention and the question of propaganda (both overt and
covert) is in the hands of the Public Relations Department
of the Embassy. The Political Advisory Staff is thus
a part - and a most important part - of the organisation
which has been set up to fight enemy influence.
6. Reports
Prom the above it will be seen that the duties of
Political Advisers do not clash in any way with those
of intelligence officers employed by C.I.C.I. Political
Advisers will nevertheless collect a great deal of very
useful intelligence and it will be reliable intelligence
because it will be volunteered by reliable persons.
They should therefore
1) Submit a short weekly report which should
include a brief appreciation of the political situation
in the area. A copy should be sent to C.I.C.I.
and Mr. Edmonds.
2) Telegraph to me when necessary any important
3) Supply on request any special infomation
which may be required by C.I.C.I., Mr. Edmonds or
7. Special Reports
Political Advisers should report to me weekly by
D.O. letter on the progress of the anti-German campaign.

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The file contains papers relating to the desire of the Government of Iraq to engage an expert for a few months to reorganise the health service of Iraq (and the subsequent decision of the Iraqi Government not to proceed with the recruitment of this expert).

The papers mostly consist of 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. internal correspondence, correspondence between 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. and the Foreign Office, copy correspondence between the Secretary of State for the Colonies and the Governor of Ceylon [Sri Lanka], and copy correspondence between the Foreign Office and the following: HM Embassy at Baghdad, HM Representative at Cairo, and the Colonial Office.

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

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1 file (41 folios)

The papers are arranged in 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 front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 44; 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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