Trucial Oman Scouts: estimates of expenditure and proposal for a working party to consider the Scouts' future

T 317/1431 1966 Dec 09-1970 Mar 09

This file contains correspondence relating to:

  • Proposal for a Working Party to review the role and purpose of the Trucial Oman Scouts (TOS) and the financial arrangements which support them, and in particular how the costs are to be shared between the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the Ministry of Defence
  • Decision to delay this proposed review until after the completion of a defence expenditure study into the long term political objectives of HMG in the Gulf
  • Question of contributions to the cost of a new TOS camp at Sharjah
  • Reviews and estimates of expenditure for security forces in the Gulf for 1966-1971
  • Costs of running the Trucial States prison, for the detention of persons under HM jurisdiction who have been committed to prison
  • Expenditure for a new TOS camp, in Hamham, Ras Al Khaimah
  • Continued financing of the Sawt As Sahil radio station, and a cutting from The Times about it
  • Future military aid expenditure for the Gulf
  • Press cutting from the Financial Times about the future of the TOS, and a response to a parliamentary question on the topic
  • Plans to increase the pay of Arabs serving in the TOS, and the proposal to ask the local Rulers to contribute to this
  • Report of the working party on the future of the TOS
  • Conversation with the Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum on the possibility of a union of the Gulf States, and on its defence arrangements
  • Need to develop an independent logistic system for the TOS
  • Question of repayment for tents loaned by the TOS to the hospital at Dubai for the accommodation of small pox patients, which subsequently had to be destroyed
  • Costs to be incurred in the handing over of defence assets at the end of 1971