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Coll 30/197 ‘Persian Gulf. Special War Measures – Allocation of war-time expenditure. Appt. of Political Officer on Trucial Coast & addtl staff in the Gulf. Inc. Censorship (staff) Arrangements’ [‎21r] (41/306)

The record is made up of 1 file (151 folios). It was created in 18 Nov 1938-21 Mar 1949. 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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6 . It Is not possible to divide this of lice up
into definite sections owing to the heavy cypher
telegram work in which every member of the staff
has to assist and also owing to the heavy letter
mails which arrive at irregular intervals. The
two recently sanctioned special grade cypher clerks
will supervise the work of the more junior and
^ inexperienced clerks. These two posts are
essential mdcngxi owing to the division of the
office when I am on tour.
7. In my telegram No. 131 4 dated th e 5th June*
1944, I stated that the number of code and cypher
aW messages during the period ending April 1944 had
(T tfo risen to 7741 i.e. an increase of 50% over the
corresponding period KBita: ending April 1942. It
is not possible to give the actual number of grcups
encyphered and decyphered. Various cases with
which this Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. is frorcr now dealing have
fiLBsessitix necessitated exceptionally long messages
in high grade cypher and it seems probable that If
it were possible to give the numbers of cypher
groups for the two periods in question it would
be shewn that cypher work had increased by more
than 50%.
%
8 . I think it unlikely that there are any
other clerical cadres who have to work overtime
in so exhausting a climate. The frequent
resignations from the confidential office are
in themselves evidence of the strain to which
the staff have been put during the last few
years. In addition shortage of staff makes it
. impossible for clerks-especially temporary clerks
to be granted leave when they have earned and
require a rest. A clerk who is granted two months
leave in India is permitted by rule to be absent
for at least three months and four days Ci.e. two
months leave plus seventeen days joining time
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obtaining.•••••

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The file contains papers relating to special measures, mainly consisting of the recruitment of extra staff, taken by British authorities 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. in the event of war and during the Second World War. These special measures included the appointment of a Political Officer for the Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates. and an increase in the staff of 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 expenditure involved being divisible between the Indian and Imperial Revenues.

The file also includes correspondence dated from after the end of the Second World War, regarding: the request of 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. that the post of Political Officer, Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates. , be raised to that of 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. , Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates. ; and the retention of the services of officers and staff currently in post.

Papers in the folder labelled ‘Censorship Arrangements’ relate to: emergency legislation in the event of war giving 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. and the Political Agents at Bahrain and Muscat powers of censorship of post and telegrams, in the territories of the Shaikh of Bahrain and the Sultan of Muscat and Oman; and the employment of one additional clerk each at Kuwait, Bahrain, and Muscat, for censorship work in the event of war.

The papers mostly consist of correspondence, but the file also includes 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. External Department minute papers, 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 notes, and the following pamphlets: ‘Statements Comparing the Expenditure incurred by the Government of India on Diplomatic and Consular Services in Iran in the year 1939-40 with that in the previous year’; and ‘Statement of expenditure incurred on the Koweit Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. during the year 1939-40’.

The correspondents are as follows: 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 Government of India External Affairs Department; 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 Office; and the Treasury.

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 file (151 folios)
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The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the file, except the papers inside a separate folder labelled ‘Censorship Arrangements’ at the rear of the file, which are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the folder.

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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 153; 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.

A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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Coll 30/197 ‘Persian Gulf. Special War Measures – Allocation of war-time expenditure. Appt. of Political Officer on Trucial Coast & addtl staff in the Gulf. Inc. Censorship (staff) Arrangements’ [‎21r] (41/306), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/12/3938, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100069943688.0x00002c> [accessed 18 November 2019]

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