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|
|PREM19/2905||Agriculture (Salmonella and eggs) (Part 2)||Begins: 1990 Apr 6||Ends: 1990 Nov 23||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30|
|PREM19/4329||NATO (NATO policy) (Part 2)||Begins: 1990 Apr 10||Ends: 1993 Oct 12||Date of release: 2018 Dec 28|
|PREM19/3090||Ministers (Presence of Ministers in the House of Commons)||Begins: 1990 Apr 11||Ends: 1990 Apr 18||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||File classification: Unclassified||Pages: 6|
|PREM19/4495||USA (United States foreign policy: USA/European relations) (Part 4)||Begins: 1990 Apr 25||Ends: 1993 May 24||Date of release: 2018 Dec 28|
|PREM19/3319||European Policy (European Council meeting, Luxembourg, June 1991) (Part 38A)||Begins: 1990 Apr 27||Ends: 1991 Jun 16||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||Any docs withheld? 2||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 384|
|PREM19/3532||Security (Security of the Secret Service) (Part 14)||Begins: 1990 May 1||Ends: 1991 Jun 27||Date of release: Date of release: Retained Under Sec 3.4|
|PREM19/3053||Ireland (Situation in Northern Ireland) (Part 28) [Part 27 out of sequence]||Begins: 1990 May 1||Ends: 1991 Apr 30||Date of release: Date of release: 2027||Any docs withheld? 5||File classification: Secret||Pages: 303|
|PREM19/3610||Arts and Amenities (Policy towards the arts: private sponsorship of the arts) (Part 4)||Begins: 1990 May 1||Ends: 1992 Dec 22||Date of release: 2017 Dec 29||Any docs withheld? 1||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 259|
|PREM19/2976||European Policy (European Community budget: developments in the European Community) (Part 46)||Begins: 1990 May 1||Ends: 1990 Jun 29||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30|
|PREM19/3332||Food (Food safety) (Part 4)||Begins: 1990 May 1||Ends: 1991 Aug 9||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 116|
|PREM19/4227||Hong Kong (Future of the Governor of Hong Kong) (Part 1)||Begins: 1990 May 1||Ends: 1993 Feb 2||Date of release: 2018 Dec 28|
|PREM19/3099||Nationalised Industries (Gas and electricity pricing policy: privatisation of the electricity supply industry) (Part 19)||Begins: 1990 May 1||Ends: 1990 Nov 15||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30||Any docs withheld? 8||File classification: Secret||Pages: 260|
|PREM19/2983||European Policy (European Monetary System (EMS): economic and monetary union) (Part 7)||Begins: 1990 May 1||Ends: 1990 Jun 27||Date of release: 2018 Jun 5||File classification: Secret||Pages: 382|
|PREM19/2968||Environmental Affairs (Environmental policy: environmental pollution: climate change; Environment White Paper) (Part 16)||Begins: 1990 May 1||Ends: 1990 Jun 29||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 191|
|PREM19/3066||Local Government (Future of the rating system: rating revaluation; Community Charge) (Part 19)||Begins: 1990 May 2||Ends: 1990 Jun 29||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30||Any docs withheld? 1||File classification: Secret||Pages: 519|