The question of ensuring adequate coal supplies for the Island reached the States this month. Amid public concern over the rising price of this essential fuel and the impact of UK wartime restrictions, members discussed options for helping to manage the situation.
Jersey relies on imported coal for both heating and cooking, and for domestic gas supplies created through extraction from coal. As such there have been ongoing concerns over its availability and price since the war began, concerns that have grown since the UK introduced new regulations governing supply.
A loss of miners to military service coupled with an increased demand by the army and navy led to Britain first setting up a committee to ensure adequate supplies of coal and then, in December 1915, introducing a law that fixed the coal prices. Concerned over the implications, the Lieutenant Governor has been corresponding with the Home Office over obtaining sufficient supplies for Jersey. Having managed to buy the coal, the problem is now shipping it to the Island. Worries have increased since news arrived that the chartered ship, the SS Skillingrove, is no longer available having been requisitioned by the British Government.
Associated Record: A/E/10/4 contains extension correspondence on Jersey coal supplies during wartime included correspondence from March 1916 over the availability of shipping.