Both Britain and Jersey are taking steps to ensure the availability of sufficient food supplies during the months ahead. The effect of Germany’s submarine campaign is already being felt, with food imports considerably diminished. Ensuring continuity of supply through the winter will increase the challenge – on both sides of the Channel.
With this in mind, Britain is already taking steps to ensure there are no significant shortages of food in the future. Throughout the country, new Food Control Committees are assuming responsibility for the local distribution of foodstuffs. Although the scheme does not extend to Jersey, the island has been urged to make similar arrangements.
Responsibility for local food supply rests with the Island Defence Committee. Noting the British Government’s concerns, the position of this committee is that Jersey has and will take the steps necessary to ensure sufficient stocks of food exist to meet the needs of islanders. There is also believed to be satisfactory controls in place to limit the impact of price rises on the lower classes.
Nevertheless, the Defence Committee is prepared to work with its British counterparts as winter approaches to ensure the local situation remains under control.
A/E/10/2 contains correspondence on the matter of food supply and liaison between the British and local governments on the matter