Britain has signalled its intent to formally record gratitude for Jersey’s agreed payment towards the nation’s wartime expenses. The Under Secretary of State has written to the Lieutenant Governor this week expressing the satisfaction of the Lords of the Treasury following notice that Jersey intended to make a contribution. They will formally record their thanks in a minute sent to the British Parliament.
The official thanks are a response to the Jersey Government’s offer of £25,000 towards Britain’s wartime expenses. This came after a lengthy local debate about whether to make a contribution or not, and if so, how much to pay. In the end, the States agreed that this sum represented a reasonable and affordable amount, although the Lieutenant Governor, General Wilson, communicated a view that the island could afford to pay more.
The British Government seems to concur – while appreciative of the £25,000 offer, there appears to be a prevailing view that it represents just a first payment. More money is expected.
The Treasurer of the States, Henry Mallet De Veulle, will draw up a cheque for the amount offered and send to General Wilson for onward despatch to the UK.
A/E/3 contains extensive contribution on the matter of Jersey making a financial contribution towards Britain’s wartime expenses.