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|
|PREM19/2805||Prime Minister (Prime Minister's meeting with Professor Margaret Turner-Warwick. President of the Royal College of Physicians, July 1989)||Begins: 1989 Jul 23||Ends: 1989 Jul 31||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 21|
|PREM19/3944||Security (The Bloch Affair)||Begins: 1989 Jul 25||Ends: 1992 Sep 2||Date of release: Date of release: Retained Under Sec 3.4|
|PREM19/4363||Prime Minister (Request from Mr Seymour Reich, President of B'nai B'rith International, for a meeting with the Prime Minister: Middle East peace process and Soviet Jewry)||Begins: 1989 Jul 31||Ends: 1992 Nov 10||Date of release: 2018 Dec 28|
|PREM19/4348||Police (Police pay) (Part 3)||Begins: 1989 Aug 1||Ends: 1993 Nov 16||Date of release: 2018 Dec 28|
|PREM19/3512||Regional Policy (Inner cities policy and problems: Action for Cities; regeneration of London Docklands) (Part 17)||Begins: 1989 Aug 1||Ends: 1991 Apr 12||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 254|
|PREM19/3342||Foreign Policy (Summary notes on Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC) Assessments) (Part 4)||Begins: 1989 Aug 1||Ends: 1991 Feb 22||Date of release: Date of release: Temporarily Retained by Department|
|PREM19/2765||Local Government (Future of the rating system: rating revaluation; Community Charge) (Part 14)||Begins: 1989 Aug 1||Ends: 1989 Oct 1||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30||File classification: Secret||Pages: 324|
|PREM19/3069||Manpower (Special employment measures: future of the Employment Service; training policy) (Part 22)||Begins: 1989 Aug 1||Ends: 1990 Jan 23||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||Any docs withheld? 1||File classification: Secret||Pages: 369|
|PREM19/3421||Lebanon (Internal situation: UK/Lebanese relations) (Part 9)||Begins: 1989 Aug 1||Ends: 1991 Jul 31||Date of release: Date of release: Retained Under Sec 3.4|
|PREM19/2621||Disasters (Disaster at Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield, 15 April 1989) (Part 2)||Begins: 1989 Aug 1||Ends: 1990 Apr 10||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30|
|PREM19/2641||Economic Policy (G7 Summit - Paris, July 1989) (Part 29)||Begins: 1989 Aug 1||Ends: 1989 Sep 4||Date of release: 2019 Apr 16|
|PREM19/2627||Economic policy (Public Spending) (Part 43)||Begins: 1989 Aug 2||Ends: 1989 Dec 21||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30||File classification: Secret||Pages: 319|
|PREM19/3658||Disasters (Thames riverboat disaster: sinking of the Marchioness, 20 August 1989)||Begins: 1989 Aug 20||Ends: 1992 Jul 3||Date of release: 2017 Dec 29||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 81|
|PREM19/2724||Home Affairs (Acid house parties)||Begins: 1989 Aug 22||Ends: 1989 Dec 5||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30|
|PREM19/3348||France (Visits to UK by President Mitterrand) (Part 7)||Begins: 1989 Sep 1||Ends: 1991 Dec 6||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||Any docs withheld? 14||File classification: Secret UK Eyes A||Pages: 230|