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The U.K. government has released the 27 controversial "black spider" letters, sent by Charles, Prince of Wales, to ministers in the government of Tony Blair from 2004 to 2005. The letters got their name from the Prince's scrawled handwriting. Parts of the documents have been redacted.

For today's news on the release of the letters, read here.

Talking to the PM

Corresponded with: prime minister Tony Blair

Issues discussed: Replacing military helicopters for Britain’s mission in Iraq; agriculture; the British beef industry; badger culling

On health

Corresponded with: John Reid, secretary of state for health

Issues discussed: Herbal medicine and acupuncture; the development site of the Cherry Knowles hospital

On the environment

Corresponded with: Elliot Morley, minister of state for the environment

Issues discussed: Illegal fishing

On charity

Corresponded with: Patricia Hewitt, secretary of state for trade and industry

Issues discussed: Funding for a charity group founded by the Prince, In Kind Direct

On education

Corresponded with: Charles Clarke and Ruth Kelly, secretaries of state for education

Issues discussed: School nutrition; summer schools

On cultural heritage

Corresponded with: Tessa Jowell, secretary of state for culture

Issues discussed: Proposed demolition of part of London’s Smithfield Market; the future of huts built by Antarctic explorers Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton; invitation to a conference organized by one of the Prince’s charities

On Northern Ireland

Corresponded with: Paul Murphy, secretary of state for the Northern Ireland office

Issues discussed: Saving the site of Northern Ireland’s historic Armagh Gaol building