Today we have released files from the Prime Minister’s Office and Cabinet Office, covering the early months of Tony Blair’s government in 1997.

The newly released Cabinet Office files (PREM 49) shed light on a range of subjects both at home and abroad under Blair’s leadership.

Some examples of files being released include:

PREM 49/2: Details of how the government was dealing with the BSE agriculture crisis.

PREM 49/18: Discussions about devolution for Wales and Scotland.

PREM 49/98: Plans for data protection and a Freedom of Information Act.

PREM 49/108, PREM 49/109: Correspondence relating to Northern Ireland.

PREM 49/157: Regional policy and proposals for a Mayor of London.

Also included are files covering UK relations with other countries such as France, the United States, Japan, and Russia.

The files can be searched using our catalogue, Discovery, with almost 200 available to view online.

You can also find out more about our previous file releases.

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