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File 2908/1907 Pt 3 ‘Persian Gulf:- Quarantine; German complaint’ [‎121v] (242/250)

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The record is made up of 1 item (125 folios). It was created in 26 Feb 1903-1 Dec 1908. 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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life
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ns concerns the obtaining of information on
course
epidemics, the machinery already possessed by IIis Majesty s Govern
ment for the purpose is as efficient, as, it not more efficient; than, any
machinery that could he set up by an International Bureau; and it is
very doubtful whether the Reports which the bureau would issue from
time to time would he any more complete than those published by the
Local Government Board. The passage of information through an
International Bureau won Id ratner tend to ceiay than 1 o facilitate iG
arrival to the Governments interested. So for as great Britain was
concerned, therefore, the proposed bureau seemed to offer no advantage
that she does not already posses. On the other hand, there are many
countries which have not provided themselves with the same efficient
mnehinerv, and to these countries the Bureau s Reports would piove of
value.
Provided that the International Bureau (should it he established)
remains truly international in character, and confines its reports to a
faithful reproduction of collected epidemiological facts, there would
seem to he no objection to its establishment. Rut the possibility that
the periodical reports might propagate views on sanitary theory and
practice contrary to those always upheld by His Majesty’s Government
was a consideration to which we could not he wholly blind.
There is no doubt that the Trench delegation attached much impor
tance to the proposed Bureau, and more to the selection of Paris for its
seat; and we were desirous to meet their wishes to the fullest extent
possible, and to avoid any action that might appear in the least
unfriendly. But our doubts as to the utility of the proposed Bureau
and the wisdom of selecting Paris as its seat were fully shared by the
German and Austrian delegations. We felt that the matter had a
diplomatic as well as a sanitary aspect, and that, in this early stage at
least, the former class of considerations outweighed the latter. On
these grounds we were of opinion that the proposal was one that could,
be better dealt with at leisure, by subsequent correspondence through
the ordinary diplomatic channels, than by the rapid decisions of a
Sanitary Conference. It appeared undesirable to give open expression
to these views at the meetings of the Conference ; but, as the result of
private conversations with members of the Trench delegation, and to
meet the wishes not only of ourselves hut also of our German and
Austrian colleagues, the clause concerning this matter was modified in
such a manner as to bring about the above result. The decisions of the
ays and Means Commission as to the establishment and objects of
this Bureau appear only as an Annex to the Convention, and the Article
in the Convention itself merely states that the Conference having taken
note (’‘ayant pris acte ”) ot these decisions, the Trench Government
“ saisira, quand il le jugera opportun, de propositions a cet effet, par la
voie diplomatique, les Etats representes a ia Conference.”
At the final meeting for signature of the Convention we brieflv
repeated the reserve we had already made in the Ways and Means
Committee as to the unproved utility of the proposed Bureau.
{¥>')—Questions dealt with by the Technical Committee.
One Ol the first questions dealt with was the incubation period of the
plague. I hat period had been fixed by the Venice Conference of 1897
at ten days. It has now been reduced to five days (largely owing to
the evidence adduced and the conclusions arrived at by the Indian
Mague Commission). The principal results of this reduction have been
the following:—A reduction from twelve to seven days in the plague-
free period which determines whether a ship is “ infected ” or only

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The item consists of part three of the subject file 2908/1907 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. : Quarantine. This part broadly covers two topics: the proceedings of the International Sanitary Conference at Paris (1903) and complaints made by German consular staff at Bushire against the conduct of Captain Thomas Beauchamp Williams whilst undertaking his duties as Chief Quarantine Officer 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. .

Correspondence outlining the details of three quarantine incidents has been included:

Complaints against Captain Williams over his conduct during the latter two incidents were lodged by Count Quadt, German Minister at Tehran, at the Tehran Sanitary Council: see folios 4-6 for related papers. A copy – in French – of a report of the proceedings of the fifty-third session of the Tehran Sanitary Council can be found on folios 11-14.

A copy – in French with English translation – of the International Sanitary Convention, signed at Paris 3 December 1903, can be found on folios 43-108. For supplementary correspondence outlining the proceedings of the British delegation at the Conference, see folios 109-125.

The main correspondents are as follows: HM Minister at Tehran (Sir Cecil Arthur Spring Rice), HM Chargé d'affaires at Tehran (Charles Murray Marling), 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. (Major Percy Zachariah Cox), the Chief Quarantine Officer 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 German Consul at Bushire (Dr Franz Listermann), 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. .

No papers have been filed for the years 1905-1906.

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The papers are arranged in chronological order from the rear (folio 125) to the front of the part (folio 1).

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