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File 4535/1928 Pt 16 ‘Persian Gulf: Political Control Report of the Warren Fisher Committee.’ [‎11r] (21/573)

The record is made up of 1 file (285 folios). It was created in 8 May 1929-8 Aug 1939. 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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may appear to be passetfeo of Restrictive criticise.
If I coulR make s^j^jcrestions en broa^ and general linee
I would propose (a) that Imperial oolicv in Arabia
would be more closely associated if the political posts
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. reverted to the centra?,!red
direction of the Imperial Government, !esr> the Indian
attach es, (b) that the politics! rin? round Arabia,
Beirot-Jerusalea-Jedda-Aden-Muscei-Bahrein-Koveit *nd
Baghdad be drawn in very much cloaer through constant
inter-post liaison and contact for exchanges of vievs
on Arabian matters generally which should tend *o
enhance a more unified and a more up-to-date policy end
(c) the creation of a permanent, inter-denari ment al
Committee in London on the lines of a propaganda bureau
to initiate, nromote and direct an Arab policy which
may take the form, for instance, of ( 1 ) the di^eemiration
of British propaganda (?) the combating of anti-British
orooagands and (*) the extension individuals, or to
email grouns of Arabs from every corner of AraMo,
educational facilities in England and el?e?rhere air*
finally (^) the concertation of measures generally to
show the Arabs that not only are they not forgotten
but that our traditional friend shin is a live real
thing. I do not doubt that such a course would h^
expensive but it might in noway b ©commensurate with the
orice we might have to pay at som-* future date if we
fail to take some such steps as T have outlined above.
Sd. B.F. Seager,
SAN*A, 4th April 1938.
Frontier Officer.

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The file contains papers concerning political control 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 Arabian Peninsula.

The first half of the file relates to the inter-departmental Sub-Committee of Political Control of 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. Sub-Committee of the Committee of Imperial Defence. The Sub-Committee on Political Control was chaired by Sir Norman Fenwick Warren Fisher, and its terms of reference (as stated in several documents in the file) were ‘To make recommendations as to the methods by which the existing machinery for political control in Arabia can be simplified and speeded up’, which the British Government considered to be necessary as a result of the changed conditions brought about by the extended use of air power in general, and the projected air route along the Arabian littoral of the Gulf in particular.

It includes the following papers of the Sub-Committee on Political Control:

  • Minutes of meetings of the Sub-Committee of 8 May, 15 May, and 24 October 1929
  • Notes by the Air Ministry entitled ‘Co-operation between the Resident 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 A.O.C. Iraq on all questions relating to: (a) the use of air power in the Gulf regions, and (b) in particular the organisation of the air route’, and ‘The present position as regards the air route and the general methods which it is proposed to adopt to organise it’, dated 11 May 1929
  • A copy of a despatch from the Foreign Office to Herbert George Jakins, Jeddah, of 10 April 1929, regarding the channels to be used for communications with Ibn Saud
  • A copy of the draft report of the Sub-Committee dated 21 June 1929
  • A document dated 4 August 1929 containing copies of comments on the draft report by the Foreign Office, the Colonial Office, 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 Admiralty, and the Air Ministry
  • A copy of the final version of the report of the Sub-Committee, dated 12 December 1929, which is divided into two parts, Part I dealing with propositions lying within the scope of the terms of reference of the Sub-Committee, and Part II concerning the possibility of the transfer to the Foreign Office of the general control of British relations with the whole of the territories in the Middle East (Part II is signed only by the Chairman of the Sub-Committee and representatives of the Admiralty, the War Office, and the Air Ministry).

This part of the file also includes correspondence between Hastings Lionel Ismay, Secretary of the Sub-Committee on Political Control, and John Gilbert Laithwaite, Principal, 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. .

Most of the rest of the file relates to the question of whether 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. or the Foreign Office should take over the responsibilities 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. hitherto exercised by the Colonial Office.

These papers include:

The file also includes some correspondence regarding the possibility, raised by the Government of India Foreign and Political Department, that it might be necessary in the future to post as Under Secretary to the Resident 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. an Indian Member of the Political Department, and the objection 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. to this, on the basis that in the discussions which led up to the transfer to 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. of the responsibility for work hitherto undertaken 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. by the Colonial Office, the Secretary of State for India informed the Cabinet, in response to concerns raised by other Departments, that there would be no ‘Indianisation’ of personnel in this area.

In addition, the file includes some papers relating to the question of the unification of political control of the parts of Arabia for which the Colonial Office, the Foreign Office, 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. and the Government of India were responsible, and the suggestion that a single Department of Arabian Affairs should be created, under the control of the Colonial Office.

As well as the papers mentioned above, 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. Political Department minute papers, and internal correspondence between 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. officials.

The file includes a divider which gives the subject number, the year the subject file was opened, the subject heading, and a list of correspondence references by year. This is placed at the back of the correspondence.

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1 file (285 folios)
Arrangement

The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the file.

The subject 4535 ( 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 Persia: telegraphs) consists of nine files (seven volumes and two physical files), IOR/L/PS/10/1266-1274. The files are divided into seventeen parts, with parts 1 and 3 comprising one volume, part 2 comprising the second volume, part 5 comprising the third file, part 7 comprising the third and fourth volumes, parts 8 and 11 comprising the fifth volume, parts 13 to 15 comprising the sixth volume, part 16 comprising the seventh file, and parts 10 and 17 comprising the eighth volume.

A location list on folio 5 of IOR/L/PS/10/1271 and IOR/L/PS/10/1272 states that part 4 is Coll 30/75 (IOR/L/PS/12/3792), part 6 is Coll 29/68 (IOR/L/PS/12/3644), part 9 is Coll 30/17 (IOR/L/PS/12/3727), and part 12 is P 4480/1923 Pt 2 (IOR/L/PS/10/1099).

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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 286; 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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