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Coll 25/18 'Orders-in-Council: Qatar: Jurisdiction over foreigners in Qatar' [‎3r] (5/635)

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The record is made up of 1 file (314 folios). It was created in 18 Jul 1935-8 Jun 1935. 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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Do fir Fitaiiaurtoe,
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. ,
Whitehall,
D^ndon, >->• 1,
20th Ma^, 1947.
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Nl understand that Deckett vrould like us to oorrespond with you
p the amendments that it will be necessary to make in tiie Persian
Gu^ Orders-in-Council as a result of the decision to take over direct
control of the administration in that area frcrn the (xovernraent of
India. We have been considering Deckett’s letter of 2?th February,
4992/162/91 and this letter is the outcome of work vniioh has been done
in this Dej>artment in consultation with our legal Adviser, on the
linos suggested in Dec^ett's letter.
2. We iiave .come to the conclusion that the simplest plan would be to
produce revised drafts of each of the five Orders-in-Council (Bahrein
1913, i.oweit 1935, Qatar 1939, Muscat 1939 and Truoial States 1946 ) for
the two purposes only (a) of transferring functions from the Indian
authorities to ths Secretary of State and (b) of providing for the
application of Indian law as it will stand on the date when the Orders
come into force but without amendments which may be made by Indian
legislatures in the future. At a later st ge we shall probably have tc
consider a further revision of the older Orders to bring them into
line with more modern practice.
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3. As a first step we have tried our hand at an adaptation of the
Tmoial States Order, 1946 which is the most up-to-date of the five,
and wiiion probably requires the least amendment to make it a suitable
model, 1 enclose a copy of this redraft, togetlier with a note on some
subsidiary paints, which you may like to consider before we send the
final draft out to 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. for his observations, iuen
we do tills, might suggest to him that he should produce drafts of
the other four Orders similarly adapted on the model of the Trucial
States Order. On receipt of these drafts we might submit all five to
the Privy Council and then consider what further amendments should be
made in the earlier Orders to bring them ftp to date.
Yours sincerely,
(3gd.) E.P. Donaldson.
G-.G-. Fitsanaurice, Esq., C. :.£<

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Correspondence, minute papers, and notes relating to the issue of The Qatar Order in Council A regulation issued by the sovereign of Great Britain on the advice of the Privy Council (in modern practice, upon the advice of government ministers). , 1939. The correspondence is mostly between officials at the Foreign Office, 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. , Political Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. 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 Government of India, Foreign and Political Department (later, External Affairs). The papers concern the discussion of the need for the order, its drafting, issue, and distribution, as well as its revision in 1939.

Correspondence with the Shaikh of Qatar, Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani [Shaikh ‘Abdullāh bin Jāsim Āl Thānī], is also included and mostly relates to his wish for assurance of his jurisdiction over Muslim foreigners.

A copy of the order is found on folios 138-153. A copy of the Kuwait Order in Council A regulation issued by the sovereign of Great Britain on the advice of the Privy Council (in modern practice, upon the advice of government ministers). is also included, for reference purposes (folios 271-86).

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1 file (314 folios)
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The file is arranged in chronological order from the back to the front.

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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 317; 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. Two additional foliation sequences are also present in parallel between ff 2-103 and ff 104-316. These are also both written in pencil and located in the top right corner of each folio. The former have been circled and crossed out, the latter have not been circled.

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