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.
|File name||Title||Begins||Ends||Date of release||Any docs withheld?||File classification||Pages|
|PREM19/3386||Hong Kong (Future of Hong Kong) (Part 24)||Begins: 1990 Apr 1||Ends: 1991 Mar 28||Date of release: 2018 Jul 24|
|PREM19/3001||Germany (Internal situation in East Germany: policy towards German reunification) (Part 4)||Begins: 1990 Apr 2||Ends: 1990 Aug 24||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30|
|PREM19/3156||Science and Technology (Maintaining the strength of the science base: the science budget) (Part 11)||Begins: 1990 Apr 2||Ends: 1990 Dec 28||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30||File classification: Secret||Pages: 212|
|PREM19/3782||Government Machinery (The way forward: the direction of future government policy; medium-term objectives) (Part 2)||Begins: 1990 Apr 2||Ends: 1992 Nov 27||Date of release: 2017 Dec 29||File classification: Secret||Pages: 359|
|PREM19/4217||Home Affairs (Policy towards the Prison Service: industrial action by the Prison Officers Association; private sector involvement in the remand system) (Part 6)||Begins: 1990 Apr 2||Ends: 1993 Mar 30||Date of release: 2018 Jul 24|
|PREM19/3046||Iraq (UK/Iraq relations) (Part 2)||Begins: 1990 Apr 2||Ends: 1990 Jul 17||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30|
|PREM19/3766||Germany (Visits to the UK by Chancellor Kohl) (Part 11A)||Begins: 1990 Apr 2||Ends: 1992 Nov 6||Date of release: 2017 Dec 29||Any docs withheld? 1||File classification: Top Secret||Pages: 229|
|PREM19/3094||National Health (Expenditure and efficiency in the National Health Service (NHS): implementation of NHS reforms) (Part 24)||Begins: 1990 Apr 2||Ends: 1990 May 31||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||File classification: Secret||Pages: 276|
|PREM19/3019||Government Machinery ( Rayner Scrutiny Programme: promotion of efficiency and elimination of waste; value for money seminars; Next Steps initiative) (Part 34)||Begins: 1990 Apr 2||Ends: 1990 Oct 19||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20|
|PREM19/3474||Parliament (Legislative programme) (Part 20)||Begins: 1990 Apr 2||Ends: 1991 Jan 31||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||File classification: Secret||Pages: 290|
|PREM19/3065||Local Government (Future of the rating system: rating revaluation; Community Charge) (Part 18)||Begins: 1990 Apr 2||Ends: 1990 Apr 30||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30||File classification: Secret||Pages: 420|
|PREM19/2956||Education (General policy on education) (Part 25)||Begins: 1990 Apr 2||Ends: 1990 May 29||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30|
|PREM19/2913||Bermuda (Prime Minister's visit to Bermuda, April 1990: meeting with George H W Bush, President of the USA) (Part 1)||Begins: 1990 Apr 4||Ends: 1990 Aug 17||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||Any docs withheld? 9||File classification: Top Secret||Pages: 270|
|PREM19/3403||Ireland (Prime Minister's meetings with the Taoiseach: Anglo-Irish Summits; Anglo-Irish relations) (Part 21)||Begins: 1990 Apr 6||Ends: 1991 Jul 30||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||Any docs withheld? 4||File classification: Secret||Pages: 395|
|PREM19/2905||Agriculture (Salmonella and eggs) (Part 2)||Begins: 1990 Apr 6||Ends: 1990 Nov 23||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30|