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Community Charge: No.10 record of conversation (MT bilateral with Chris Patten) [Community Charge (Patten did not propose safety net for individuals); litter; pollution; environment; planning; water; homelessness] [released Jul 2017]

Document type: Declassified documents
Source: PREM19/3496 f39
Editorial comments:

In his book First Confession: A Sort of Memoir (2017) Chris Patten recalls what was surely this meeting, his first bilateral with MT as Envirioment Secretary, weeks after his appointment, and says there "appeared to be no minutes" (p146). Perhaps in fact they did not reach him, since minutes there were, evidently. MT had asked to see him before she went on holiday - see minute at end of document. Read other documents selected from this file. The full file from which this item is taken can be seen here.

Importance ranking: Key
Word count: 5pp
Themes: Privatized & state industries, Public spending & borrowing, Taxation, Environment, Housing, Local government, Local government finance, Community charge ("poll tax"), Executive, MT's meetings as PM