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MT's official files as Prime Minister, 1979-90

MT's official files as PM can be read on this site as they are released, in full and free to all - the confidential files originally stored at No.10, the core record of her premiership.

The files have been copied at the British National Archives (TNA) at Kew in London and can be downloaded precisely as they appear in the reading room.

We are doing something more to help people make sense of this mass of information. The files are subject-based, logically enough, but that system makes it difficult to reconstruct the flow of paper across the Prime Minister’s desk at any point in time, depriving us of a sense of context and cross-winds, some of them overwhelming.

To combat this effect we are uploading a large selection of the most important documents from these files – thousands in total - to our powerful site database. You can search and sort by date, subject and other parameters, getting as close as anyone can now get to reconstructing the Prime Minister’s daily "Red Boxes", the rich diet of foreign and domestic policy papers submitted to her by the No.10 Private Office.

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File name File title Begins Ends Release date Any docs withheld? Classification Pages
PREM19/1 Archives (Suez 1956 files) Begins: 1980 Feb 21 Ends: 1986 Jun 30 Date of release: 2006 Dec 1 Classification: Confidential Pages: 36
PREM19/2 Australia (MT visit to, Jul 1979) Begins: 1979 May 21 Ends: 1979 Aug 3 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 212
PREM19/3 China (Premier Hua visit to UK, Oct 1979) (Part 1) Begins: 1979 May 18 Ends: 1979 Nov 29 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 236
PREM19/4 Civil Service (Dispersal) (Part 1) Begins: 1979 May 22 Ends: 1979 Oct 15 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 109
PREM19/5 Civil Service (Manpower Freeze) (Part 1) Begins: 1979 May 8 Ends: 1979 May 28 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 189
PREM19/6 Civil Service (Manpower Freeze) (Part 2) Begins: 1979 Sep 7 Ends: 1979 Dec 31 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 198
PREM19/7 Civil Service (Christmas Message) Begins: 1979 Nov 20 Ends: 1979 Nov 26 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 4
PREM19/8 Civil Service (Stock Criticisms) Begins: 1979 Dec 31 Ends: 1979 Dec 31 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Classification: Unclassified Pages: 15
PREM19/9 Commonwealth (Lusaka Heads of Government Meeting) (CHOGM) (Part 1) Begins: 1979 May 17 Ends: 1979 Jul 30 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Any docs withheld? 3 Classification: Secret Pages: 201
PREM19/10 Commonwealth (Lusaka CHOGM - bilaterals) Begins: 1979 Jul 31 Ends: 1979 Aug 17 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Any docs withheld? 2 Classification: Confidential Pages: 56
PREM19/11 Cuba (Soviet ground forces) Begins: 1979 Sep 5 Ends: 1979 Dec 17 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 28
PREM19/12 Cuba (UK credits) Begins: 1979 Nov 19 Ends: 1979 Dec 14 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Any docs withheld? 1 Classification: Confidential Pages: 9
PREM19/13 Deaths (Lord Mountbatten) Begins: 1979 Aug 27 Ends: 1979 Dec 21 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Any docs withheld? 2 Classification: Restricted Pages: 216
PREM19/14 Defence (UK Strategic Nuclear Deterrent) (Part 1) Begins: 1979 May 21 Ends: 1979 Dec 15 Date of release: 2013 Sep 24 Classification: Top Secret Pages: 177
PREM19/15 Defence (Modernisation of Theatre Nuclear Forces)(Part 1) Begins: 1979 May 16 Ends: 1979 Nov 29 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 226
PREM19/16 Defence (Anglo-German offset agreement) Begins: 1979 Jul 5 Ends: 1979 Nov 27 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 8
PREM19/17 Defence (Accidental US nuclear alert) Begins: 1979 Nov 10 Ends: 1979 Nov 16 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 9
PREM19/18 Economic policy (Public Spending) (Part 1) Begins: 1979 May 8 Ends: 1979 May 31 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 169
PREM19/19 Economic policy (Public Spending) (Part 2) Begins: 1979 Jun 1 Ends: 1979 Jul 16 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 206
PREM19/20 Economic policy (Public Spending) (Part 3) Begins: 1979 Jul 17 Ends: 1979 Aug 29 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 139
PREM19/21 Economic policy (Public Spending) (Part 4) Begins: 1979 Sep 6 Ends: 1979 Sep 28 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 106
PREM19/22 Economic policy (Public Spending) (Part 5) Begins: 1979 Oct 1 Ends: 1979 Oct 23 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 122
PREM19/23 Economic policy (Public Spending) (Part 6) Begins: 1979 Oct 24 Ends: 1979 Nov 19 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 292
PREM19/24 Economic policy (Strategy) (Part 1) Begins: 1979 May 4 Ends: 1979 Jun 14 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 111
PREM19/25 Economic policy (Strategy) (Part 2) Begins: 1979 Jun 17 Ends: 1979 Jul 13 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 167
PREM19/26 Economic policy (Strategy) (Part 3) Begins: 1979 Jul 16 Ends: 1979 Oct 2 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 56
PREM19/27 Economic policy (G7 Summit - Tokyo) (Part 1) Begins: 1979 May 8 Ends: 1979 Jun 29 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Any docs withheld? 2 Classification: Secret Pages: 288
PREM19/28 Economic policy (G7 Summit - Tokyo) (Part 2) Begins: 1979 Jun 30 Ends: 1979 Oct 18 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 114
PREM19/29 Economic policy (Budget) (Part 1) Begins: 1979 May 4 Ends: 1979 Jun 11 Date of release: 2009-12-30 Classification: Secret Pages: 347
PREM19/30 Economic policy (National Economic Development Council) (NEDC) (Part 1) Begins: 1979 May 15 Ends: 1979 Dec 18 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 219
PREM19/31 Economic policy (Privatization) (Part 1) Begins: 1979 Jun 4 Ends: 1979 Jul 20 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 189
PREM19/32 Economic policy (Privatization) (Part 2) Begins: 1979 Jul 23 Ends: 1979 Dec 19 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 115
PREM19/33 Economic policy (Domestic monetary policy) (Part 1) Begins: 1979 May 10 Ends: 1979 Jul 25 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 208
PREM19/34 Economic policy (Domestic monetary policy) (Part 2) Begins: 1979 Sep 7 Ends: 1979 Dec 20 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 245
PREM19/35 Economic policy (Price Commission & Competition Bill)(Part 1) Begins: 1979 May 7 Ends: 1979 Jun 28 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 167
PREM19/36 Economic policy (Invisibles in trade figures) Begins: 1979 Sep 6 Ends: 1979 Oct 26 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Classification: Unclassified Pages: 67
PREM19/37 Economic policy (CPRS paper on UK economy) Begins: 1979 May 1 Ends: 1979 May 8 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 60
PREM19/38 Economic policy (Proposed Council of Economic Advisers) Begins: 1979 May 30 Ends: 1979 Sep 10 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 44
PREM19/39 Economic policy (Bank of England staff pay) Begins: 1979 Jun 20 Ends: 1979 Jun 21 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 9
PREM19/40 Economic policy (Executive perks) Begins: 1979 Jul 16 Ends: 1979 Dec 18 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 87
PREM19/41 Elections (Briefing for incoming PM) Begins: 1979 May 4 Ends: 1979 May 7 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 93
PREM19/42 Energy (Energy Policy) (Part 1) Begins: 1979 May 4 Ends: 1979 Jun 16 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Any docs withheld? 2 Classification: Confidential Pages: 219
PREM19/43 Energy (Energy Policy) (Part 2) Begins: 1979 Jun 17 Ends: 1979 Oct 30 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 232
PREM19/44 Energy (British National Oil Corporation & BP shares) (Part 1) Begins: 1979 Jul 3 Ends: 1979 Sep 12 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 174
PREM19/45 Energy (British National Oil Corporation & BP shares)(Part 2) Begins: 1979 Sep 13 Ends: 1979 Dec 21 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Classification: Secret Pages: 267
PREM19/46 Energy (Offshore Supplies Interest Relief Grants Scheme) Begins: 1979 May 24 Ends: 1979 Sep 20 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 41
PREM19/47 Energy (Nuclear power safety - Schmidt letter) Begins: 1979 May 28 Ends: 1979 Jun 29 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 28
PREM19/48 Energy (Nuclear power plant industry Begins: 1979 May 29 Ends: 1979 Aug 14 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 114
PREM19/49 Energy (UK/Australia nuclear safeguards agreement) Begins: 1979 Jun 27 Ends: 1979 Jul 12 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 42
PREM19/50 European policy (Agriculture) (Part 1) Begins: 1979 May 8 Ends: 1979 Oct 26 Date of release: 2009 Dec 30 Classification: Confidential Pages: 230
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