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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’ [‎43r] (85/306)

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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4-* When dealing with the G-ovemment of India's proposal at
Ext,lcl5/42, ’we assumed, that we were merely being asked to
approve a temporary arrangement which would not involve the
creation of a new post or the holding in abeyance of an
existing one. Nor was it realised that any financial question
might be involved. In fact, ho wever, the arrangement has
resulted in the creation of a new post of Assistant Political
—4^ent at Muscat, which the current edition of the I.P.S. List
~ si.ows to have been held by Mr. G-.N. Jackson since May 26th l%-2.
The List also shows the post of Political Officer, Trucial
Coast, as vacant. While the cost of the latter is, as
described above, divisible between Imperial and Indian Revenues,
the Muscat Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. is wholly financed by the Government of India.
If therefore the Government of India bear the whole cost of the
Salalah post, they should make no charge to Imperial Revenues
on account of the cost of the 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. ,
in respect of the period from May 26th 194.2 to the date on which
the new incumbent assumes charge of that post.
5. Before we can sanction the co-existence of the two posts
it seems necessary to make sure what arrangement s the Government
of India have in mind for financing the Salalah post. While,
in the absence of evidence to the contrary, they"probably are
willing to bear the whole cost themselves, they may possibly
contemplate that the cost of this post, like that of the
^harjah post, should be treated as special wartime expenditure•+
If they should have any such idea, we shall have to obtain the
able.^The agreement of the Foreign Office. If, however, they are prepared
G.of.I. to bear the whole cost, it appears that we could sanction their
have to action without consulting the Foreign Office - there seems no
bear theimeed to ask their consent to the revival of the Sharjah post when
share of they were never asked to agree to its being held in abeyance,
several extra *
posts in 6 . Do you concur in the attached draft, I assume that the A.G.
Persia would have no information which would make it unnecessary to send
created it. P.T.C.
for E.W.R.Lumby.
purposes »
+ This
seems to
me only
reason-

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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’ [‎43r] (85/306), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/12/3938, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100069943688.0x000058> [accessed 22 November 2019]

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