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|
|PREM19/3460||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|
|PREM19/4332||NATO (NATO Ministerial meetings) (Part 2)||Begins: 1990 Jun 1||Ends: 1993 Jun 10||Date of release: 2018 Dec 28|
|PREM19/3606||Agriculture (Agricultural and food research) (Part 2)||Begins: 1990 Jun 4||Ends: 1992 Jan 20||Date of release: 2017 Dec 29||File classification: Unclassified||Pages: 46|
|PREM19/3243||Commonwealth (High level review of the role of the Commonwealth: dates for Heads of Government meeting)||Begins: 1990 Jun 5||Ends: 1991 Aug 20||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||Any docs withheld? 3||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 386|
|PREM19/3473||Parliament (House of Commons procedure: Select Committees) (Part 11)||Begins: 1990 Jun 5||Ends: 1991 Jul 15||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||Any docs withheld? 1||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 287|
|PREM19/4570||Austria (UK/Austrian relations: internal situation) (Part 2)||Begins: 1990 Jun 7||Ends: 1994 Dec 22||Date of release: 2019 Feb 6|
|PREM19/3237||Commonwealth (Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), Harare, Zimbabwe, October 1991) (Part 17)||Begins: 1990 Jun 7||Ends: 1991 Oct 9||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||Any docs withheld? 9||File classification: Top Secret||Pages: 255|
|PREM19/3170||Social Services (Uprating of social security benefits, including child support) (Part 6)||Begins: 1990 Jun 8||Ends: 1990 Oct 30||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||File classification: Secret||Pages: 253|
|PREM19/3787||Home Affairs (Animal welfare matters) (Part 2)||Begins: 1990 Jun 13||Ends: 1992 Feb 27||Date of release: 2017 Dec 29||Any docs withheld? 2||File classification: Unclassified||Pages: 82|
|PREM19/2981||European Policy (European Council meeting, Dublin, June 1990: briefing papers)||Begins: 1990 Jun 19||Ends: 1990 Jun 21||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30|
|PREM19/3398||Iraq (Exports to Iraq (Scott Inquiry)) (Part 2)||Begins: 1990 Jun 21||Ends: 1991 Jun 30||Date of release: Date of release: Temporarily Retained by Department|
|PREM19/4634||Environmental Affairs (Contacts with Sir Crispin Tickell, environmental adviser) (Part 1)||Begins: 1990 Jun 27||Ends: 1994 Nov 9||Date of release: 2018 Dec 28|
|PREM19/3611||Arts and Amenities (Charitable trust for works of art in the Palace of Westminster)||Begins: 1990 Jun 28||Ends: 1991 Mar 27||Date of release: 2017 Dec 29||File classification: Unclassified||Pages: 12|
|PREM19/3781||Government Machinery (The tourism industry: Government support for tourism; 'Tourism in the UK: Realising the Potential') (Part 2)||Begins: 1990 Jun 30||Ends: 1992 Mar 20||Date of release: 2017 Dec 29||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 267|
|PREM19/3644||Defence (Defence sales) (Part 13)||Begins: 1990 Jul 1||Ends: 1992 Dec 31||Date of release: Date of release: Temporarily Retained by Department|