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|
|PREM19/3274||Economic Policy (Domestic monetary policy) (Part 22)||Begins: 1990 May 3||Ends: 1991 May 31||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||File classification: Secret||Pages: 271|
|PREM19/3964||Transport (London Regional Transport: East-West Crossrail) (Part 4)||Begins: 1990 May 8||Ends: 1992 Aug 27||Date of release: 2017 Dec 29||File classification: Secret||Pages: 311|
|PREM19/3662||Drugs (Drugs) (Part 6)||Begins: 1990 May 9||Ends: 1992 Oct 5||Date of release: 2017 Dec 29||Any docs withheld? 2||File classification: Secret||Pages: 150|
|PREM19/3129||Prime Minister (Prime Minister's meeting with Thomas Phillips, Chairman of Raytheon, 19 June 1990)||Begins: 1990 May 14||Ends: 1990 Jun 19||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||File classification: Unclassified||Pages: 12|
|PREM19/3736||European Policy (European Council meeting in Edinburgh, 11-12 December 1992) (Part 41)||Begins: 1990 May 21||Ends: 1992 Apr 28||Date of release: 2017 Dec 29||Any docs withheld? 5||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 345|
|PREM19/3677||Economic Policy (Taxation of individuals, including overseas voters and families: launch of Tax-Exempt Special Savings Account (TESSA) schemes) (Part 5)||Begins: 1990 May 22||Ends: 1992 Jul 20||Date of release: 2017 Dec 29||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 22|
|PREM19/4199||Histories (Policy on commemorations of World War One and Two) (Part 1)||Begins: 1990 May 31||Ends: 1993 Dec 31||Date of release: 2018 Jul 24|
|PREM19/3004||Germany (Prime Minister's meeting with Lothar de Maiziere, Prime Minister of the Germany Democratic Republic, June 1990)||Begins: 1990 May 31||Ends: 1990 Jun 27||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30|
|PREM19/3096||National Health (The Cyclotron Trust) (Part 2)||Begins: 1990 Jun 1||Ends: 1990 Sep 7||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 111|
|PREM19/3550||Soviet Union (Human rights and the position of dissidents in the Soviet Union: policy towards the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE)) (Part 1)||Begins: 1990 Jun 1||Ends: 1991 Mar 4||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 31|
|PREM19/4242||India (Foreign policy: internal situation; re-election of Mrs Gandhi; aid to India; Indo-Soviet relations; Indo-Pakistan relations) (Part 2)||Begins: 1990 Jun 1||Ends: 1993 Apr 23||Date of release: 2018 Jul 24|
|PREM19/2957||Education (General policy on education) (Part 26)||Begins: 1990 Jun 1||Ends: 1990 Nov 16||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30||File classification: Secret||Pages: 320|
|PREM19/3466||NATO (NATO Summits) (Part 5)||Begins: 1990 Jun 1||Ends: 1991 Oct 30||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||Any docs withheld? 2||File classification: Secret||Pages: 215|
|PREM19/3176||Soviet Union (Prime Minister's visit to the Soviet Union, June 1990: policy) (Part 4)||Begins: 1990 Jun 1||Ends: 1990 Jul 3||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30||Any docs withheld? 8||File classification: Secret||Pages: 208|
|PREM19/3460||National Health (Expenditure and efficiency in the National Health Service (NHS): implementation of NHS reforms) (Part 25)||Begins: 1990 Jun 1||Ends: 1990 Dec 29||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||File classification: Secret||Pages: 353|