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|
|PREM19/3390||Housing (Housing policy) (Part 17)||Begins: 1990 Jul 1||Ends: 1991 Jul 31||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||File classification: Secret||Pages: 322|
|PREM19/4233||Hungary (UK/Hungarian relations: internal situation) (Part 4)||Begins: 1990 Jul 1||Ends: 1993 Jun 21||Date of release: 2018 Dec 28|
|PREM19/3580||Treasury (Review of policy on film finance: Prime Minister's seminar for the British film industry, 15 June 1990) (Part 1)||Begins: 1990 Jul 1||Ends: 1991 Nov 14||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 64|
|PREM19/3934||Security (Appointment of successors to the Director General of the Secret Intelligence Service and Director General of the Security Service: Prime Minister's visit to the Security Service; Security Service accommodation)(Part 2)||Begins: 1990 Jul 1||Ends: 1992 Jul 17||Date of release: Date of release: Retained Under Sec 3.4|
|PREM19/4209||Home Affairs (Report of the Committee on Restrictions Against Disabled People: social security benefits and employment and training services for disabled people) (Part 2)||Begins: 1990 Jul 1||Ends: 1993 Jan 29||Date of release: 2018 Jul 24|
|PREM19/2984||European Policy (European Monetary System (EMS): economic and monetary union) (Part 8)||Begins: 1990 Jul 1||Ends: 1990 Oct 31||Date of release: 2018 Jun 5||Any docs withheld? 4||File classification: Secret||Pages: 381|
|PREM19/3618||Broadcasting (Broadcasting policy: television licence fees; future of the BBC) (Part 12)||Begins: 1990 Jul 2||Ends: 1992 Aug 28||Date of release: 2017 Dec 29||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 463|
|PREM19/2969||Environmental Affairs (Environmental policy: environmental pollution: climate change; Environment White Paper) (Part 17)||Begins: 1990 Jul 2||Ends: 1990 Aug 30||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30|
|PREM19/4349||Police (Police policy) (Part 4)||Begins: 1990 Jul 2||Ends: 1993 Jan 20||Date of release: 2018 Dec 28|
|PREM19/3067||Local Government (Future of the rating system: rating revaluation; Community Charge) (Part 20)||Begins: 1990 Jul 2||Ends: 1990 Oct 31||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30||File classification: Secret||Pages: 287|
|PREM19/3784||Government Machinery (Machinery of government changes) (Part 8)||Begins: 1990 Jul 2||Ends: 1992 Feb 28||Date of release: 2017 Dec 29||File classification: Secret||Pages: 404|
|PREM19/2977||European Policy (European Community budget: developments in the European Community) (Part 47)||Begins: 1990 Jul 2||Ends: 1990 Oct 31||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30|
|PREM19/3516||Royal Family (Civil List) (Part 6)||Begins: 1990 Jul 2||Ends: 1991 Dec 12||Date of release: 2032 Jan 1|
|PREM19/3860||Nationalised Industries (Financial position of the coal industry: coal strategy; British Coal privatisation; colliery closures) (Part 22)||Begins: 1990 Jul 2||Ends: 1992 Jan 31||Date of release: 2017 Dec 29||File classification: Secret||Pages: 315|
|PREM19/3124||Prime Minister (Prime Minister's meeting with Margaret Harrison, Director of Home-Start, 13 July 1990)||Begins: 1990 Jul 6||Ends: 1990 Sep 17||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 72|