Prime Minister’s papers from 1996 released

Today we have released files from the Prime Minister’s Office and Cabinet Office, predominantly covering the years 1995 and 1996.

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

Subjects covered include US President Bill Clinton’s visit to the UK and Ireland (PREM 19/5477), details of a Chequers seminar exploring British foreign policy (PREM 19/5227/1 and PREM 19/5227/2), and the fatal school shooting at Dunblane which led to the Cullen Report (PREM 19/5669).

There are also files on a proposed visit by the Prime Minister to the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games (PREM 19/5787), televising the proceedings of the House of Commons (PREM 19/5373), and proposals on boosting tourism in the UK (PREM 19/5674).

Internationally there are various files relating to relations with others countries, including: the USA (PREM 19/5385); Russia (PREM 19/5393); South Africa (PREM 19/5407); and the Bosnian War in Yugoslavia (including PREM 19/5480, PREM 19/5487 and PREM 19/5489).

The files are available to view in the public reading rooms at The National Archives, Kew and can be searched using our catalogue, Discovery.

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

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