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Coll 25/18 'Orders-in-Council: Qatar: Jurisdiction over foreigners in Qatar' [‎187r] (373/635)

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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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argued that "regular service" is not exclusively restricted
to domestic service* In fadt as the phrase at present stands
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it could be extended to service of any form whatsoever, provi^
ded only that it is regular. Thus in Bahrain the position
which exists, and has apparently always existed, is that Bah
rain subjects are within the jurisdiction of the dhaikh. I
surest that the same might v/ell apply in star, even allowing
for* the fact that ’ ,atar subject" includes non-British Moslem
persons. 3o far as the latter are concerned I need only remark
that there is no very obvious reason why Petroleum Concessions
Limited, for example, should employ any non-British I oslem
persona in "regular service". Even if service is held to be
synonymous with employment, so far as the operations of the
Company are concerned t disputes between the Company and its
employees automatically come before the Joint Court, under
the provisions ] art V of the draft :atar Order-in-Council.
6. Briefly therefore the position is a« follows. The
.Shaikh of Qatar agrees to the substitution of l oelem Person
(non-British) in place of ‘national of any other Poslem State",
un the other two points I see no prospect of obtaining his ag
reement without recourse to extreme pressure. It is for con-
31 era tion whether these two points are of sufficient import
ance to warrant extreme action, particularly since this must
have repercussions on the relations between the Shaikh of Ta
tar and the Oil Company, and since, even if that action is
successful, the leoling v/ill I fear undoubtedly remain in • a-
tar that the agreement made by 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
J Q 2 'sian Gulf with the Ghaikh has been dishonoured by us.
3d/- H. Weightman.
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. , Bahrain.

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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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