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|
|PREM19/3376||Home Affairs (The problem of dangerous dogs) (Part 1)||Begins: 1989 Jun 8||Ends: 1991 Mar 29||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 264|
|PREM19/3068||Local Government (Relations between central and local government: local authority expenditure) (Part 37)||Begins: 1989 Jun 9||Ends: 1990 Feb 26||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||File classification: Secret||Pages: 346|
|PREM19/3539||Social Services (Change in the pension age)||Begins: 1989 Jun 9||Ends: 1991 Jan 23||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||File classification: Secret||Pages: 70|
|PREM19/2959||Education (Teachers' pay) (Part 12)||Begins: 1989 Jun 13||Ends: 1990 Sep 13||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30|
|PREM19/3674||Economic Policy (Exchange rate: exchange control policy) (Part 4)||Begins: 1989 Jun 13||Ends: 1992 Jan 8||Date of release: 2017 Dec 29||File classification: Secret||Pages: 67|
|PREM19/3650||Defence (Military uses of laser technology in space: United States Strategic Defence Initiative; Global Protection Against Limited Strikes (GPALS)) (Part 6)||Begins: 1989 Jun 14||Ends: 1992 Sep 23||Date of release: 2017 Dec 29||Any docs withheld? 4||File classification: Secret||Pages: 212|
|PREM19/2963||Environmental Affairs (Ban on trading in ivory)||Begins: 1989 Jun 14||Ends: 1990 Mar 27||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30|
|PREM19/4052||Defence (Prime Minister's visits to Clyde Submarine Base: anniversaries in the history of Nuclear Powered Ballistic Submarines (SSBN); launch of a frigate in Scotland)||Begins: 1989 Jun 15||Ends: 1993 Jan 13||Date of release: 2018 Jul 24|
|PREM19/2871||Soviet Union (Visit to the UK by General Dimitri Yazov, Soviet Defence Minister, July 1989)||Begins: 1989 Jun 16||Ends: 1989 Aug 1||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30|
|PREM19/2666||European Policy (European Council meeting, Madrid, June 1989) (Part 33)||Begins: 1989 Jun 23||Ends: 1989 Jun 27||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||File classification: Secret||Pages: 348|
|PREM19/2667||European Policy (European Council meeting, Madrid, June 1989) (Part 34)||Begins: 1989 Jun 27||Ends: 1989 Jul 17||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30|
|PREM19/3600||Environmental Affairs (Policy on waste disposal and sewage)||Begins: 1989 Jun 30||Ends: 1991 Apr 3||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 24|
|PREM19/2806||Prime Minister (Prime Minister's meeting with Robert Crandall, Chairman of American Airlines, 30 October 1989)||Begins: 1989 Jun 30||Ends: 1989 Nov 3||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20|
|PREM19/2681||Foreign Policy (Allegations concerning war criminals: War Crimes Inquiry) (Part 2)||Begins: 1989 Jun 30||Ends: 1989 Dec 22||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30|
|PREM19/3261||Defence (Intelligence gathering operations) (Part 5)||Begins: 1989 Jul 1||Ends: 1991 Oct 24||Date of release: Date of release: Retained Under Sec 3.4|