The situation with coal supplies during this forthcoming winter is a cause for serious concern – both nationally and locally. Through special measures taken in the UK, the supply and sale of coal there is being tightly regulated. Jersey announced plans for a similar approach this week.
Britain appointed a ‘Coal Controller’ early in 1917. With coal so vital to the nation’s war effort, the controller ensures Britain had enough for its needs available at an affordable price.
Jersey now has its own Coal Controller, Deputy Francis John Bois, a man already with considerable experience of assuring the island’s wartime supplies.
Appointed by the Defence Committee, Deputy Bois’ powers are extensive when it comes to the supply and pricing of coal. The new controller has automatically taken possession of all stocks in the island, including those in the hands of coal merchants. This means that every merchant has to supply detailed information on their present stocks to Deputy Bois, with the deadline for doing so set as Saturday 16 December 1917.
In the meantime, Deputy Bois has assured islanders that merchants can continue selling coal for local needs. They must keep records on all stocks sold however.
A/E/10/4 contains considerable correspondence and records on the matter of coal supplies for Jersey during the war.