Prime Minister’s files from 1998 – 2000 released

A corridor of files at The National Archives

Today we release files from the Prime Minister’s Office and Cabinet Office covering the first years of Tony Blair’s premiership. The newly released Cabinet Office files (CAB and PREM) shed light on a range of subjects both at home and abroad under Blair’s leadership.

Some examples of files being released include:

PREM 49/23 DEATH Death of Diana, Princess of Wales: part 1. The file includes drafts of the funeral order of service and copies of letters of condolence.

PREM 49/190 AGRICULTURE. Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) Inquiry: part 1. This file contains correspondence relating to a proposed inquiry into BSE and vCJD, including remarks on the pros and cons of an inquiry.

PREM 49/844, HERITAGE. Millennium Bug. This file contains details of preparations, parliamentary updates, regional press coverage and correspondence regarding public and international preparedness for the Year 2000.

Also included are files covering UK relations with other countries such as China, the United States, South Africa and Egypt.

The files can be searched using our catalogue, Discovery
You can also find out more about our previous file releases.

Tags: 1998, 1999, 2000, cabinet office, document release, prime minister's office, Tony Blair