On Sunday 15 August, Jersey took part in National Registration day. Apart from a little confusion over some of the questions, reports indicate that everything went as smoothly as could be expected.
Following the States passing of the National Registration Act at the end of July this year, the parish constables were tasked with collecting the details of everyone in the Island between the ages of 15 and 65. With the aid of parish staff and volunteers, during the last two weeks they have undertaken the massive task involved in preparing, delivering and collecting the National Registration forms.
Those surveyed include prisoners, hospital patients and persons on board ships in the harbour. The only group excluded were members of the Active Jersey Militia, who are already considered to be serving soldiers. There was some grumbling, however, that members of the Militia Reserve, i.e. those in older age groups, had to fill in a form.
Everyone who completed a form correctly has now received a ‘Certificate of Registration’, which must be kept up to date if their circumstances change. Anyone who failed to complete a form was liable for a prison sentence and a possible fine.