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|
|PREM19/2932||Defence (Future UK defence policy) (Part 4)||Begins: 1989 Apr 11||Ends: 1990 Jul 28||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30|
|PREM19/2837||Science and Technology (Consideration of British candidates for Nobel Prizes for science)||Begins: 1989 Apr 11||Ends: 1989 Apr 13||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30||File classification: Unclassified||Pages: 6|
|PREM19/2620||Disasters (Disaster at Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield, 15 April 1989) (Part 1)||Begins: 1989 Apr 15||Ends: 1989 Jul 26||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 289|
|PREM19/2707||Government Machinery (Rayner Scrutiny Programme: promotion of efficiency and elimination of waste; value for money seminars; Next Steps initiative) (Part 30)||Begins: 1989 Apr 17||Ends: 1989 Jun 3||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20|
|PREM19/3810||Industrial Policy (Short Brothers plc: sale to Bombardier; launch aid application for Learjet 45 project) (Part 3)||Begins: 1989 Apr 18||Ends: 1992 Dec 4||Date of release: 2017 Dec 29||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 93|
|PREM19/3175||Soviet Union (Prime Minister's visits to the Soviet Union, September 1989 and June 1990: policy) (Part 3)||Begins: 1989 Apr 19||Ends: 1990 May 31||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||Any docs withheld? 5||File classification: Top Secret||Pages: 188|
|PREM19/2656||Environmental Affairs (Environmental policy: environmental pollution: climate change; Prime Minister's seminar on the global climate, April 1989) (Part 10)||Begins: 1989 Apr 21||Ends: 1989 May 26||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 283|
|PREM19/2804||Prime Minister (Prime Minister's meeting with Professor Abdus Salam, May 1989)||Begins: 1989 Apr 21||Ends: 1989 May 8||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30||File classification: Unclassified||Pages: 28|
|PREM19/2582||Aerospace (Air Combat Manoeuvring Installation in the North Sea)||Begins: 1989 Apr 23||Ends: 1989 Jun 6||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20|
|PREM19/2870||Soviet Union (Visit to the UK by Dr Andrei Sakharov: meeting with the Prime Minister, 23 June 1989)||Begins: 1989 Apr 26||Ends: 1989 Jun 23||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30|
|PREM19/2753||Japan (Prime Minister's visit to Japan, September 1989) (Part 3a)||Begins: 1989 Apr 27||Ends: 1989 Sep 15||Date of release: Date of release: Retained||File classification: Temporarily retained by Department|
|PREM19/2889||United Nations (International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Plenipotentiary Conference, Nice, 1989)||Begins: 1989 May 1||Ends: 1989 Jun 22||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30|
|PREM19/2594||Broadcasting (Broadcasting policy) (Part 8)||Begins: 1989 May 2||Ends: 1989 Jun 30||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 259|
|PREM19/2777||National Health (Expenditure and efficiency in the National Health Service (NHS): community care) (Part 21)||Begins: 1989 May 2||Ends: 1989 Jun 26||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30||File classification: Secret||Pages: 290|
|PREM19/3173||South Africa (Situation in Namibia) (Part 5)||Begins: 1989 May 2||Ends: 1990 Nov 15||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30||Any docs withheld? 1||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 205|