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|
|PREM19/3139||Prime Minister's Tours Abroad (Prime Minister's visit to New York to attend World Summit for Children and to receive UNIFEM award, September-October 1990: administrative arrangements)||Begins: 1989 Oct 13||Ends: 1990 Oct 15||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||Any docs withheld? 7||File classification: Secret||Pages: 174|
|PREM19/2917||Broadcasting (Television licence fees: Broadcasting Bill) (Part 10)||Begins: 1989 Nov 1||Ends: 1990 Feb 28||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 320|
|PREM19/2658||Environmental Affairs (Environmental policy: environmental pollution: climate change; Environmental Protection Bill) (Part 12)||Begins: 1989 Nov 1||Ends: 1989 Nov 30||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 220|
|PREM19/3171||South Africa (Internal situation: relations with UK; release of Nelson Mandela) (Part 21)||Begins: 1989 Nov 1||Ends: 1990 Feb 28||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||Any docs withheld? 10||File classification: Secret Cab One||Pages: 493|
|PREM19/3093||National Health (Expenditure and efficiency in the National Health Service (NHS): implementation of NHS reforms) (Part 23)||Begins: 1989 Nov 1||Ends: 1990 Mar 30||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||Any docs withheld? 3||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 210|
|PREM19/2668||European Policy (European Council meeting, Strasbourg, December 1989) (Part 35)||Begins: 1989 Nov 3||Ends: 1989 Dec 11||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30|
|PREM19/3434||Malaysia (UK/Malaysia relations: internal situation) (Part 4)||Begins: 1989 Nov 6||Ends: 1991 Nov 29||Date of release: Date of release: Temporarily Retained by Department|
|PREM19/3017||Government Machinery (Rayner Scrutiny programme: promotion of efficiency and elimination of waste; value for money seminars; Next Steps initiative) (Part 32)||Begins: 1989 Nov 6||Ends: 1990 Feb 28||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30|
|PREM19/3116||Prime Minister (Prime Minister's meeting with Gerald Carroll, Chairman of the Carroll Group, 22 January 1990)||Begins: 1989 Nov 8||Ends: 1990 Oct 1||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||Any docs withheld? 1||File classification: Restricted||Pages: 92|
|PREM19/2672||European Policy (Meeting of European Community leaders to discuss the situation in Eastern Europe, Paris, 18 November 1989)||Begins: 1989 Nov 13||Ends: 1989 Nov 30||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30|
|PREM19/3142||Prime Minister's Tours Abroad (Prime Minister's visit to Paris to attend the Heads of Government dinner, November 1989: administrative arrangements)||Begins: 1989 Nov 15||Ends: 1990 Jan 10||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||Any docs withheld? 2||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 18|
|PREM19/3189||Trade (Chambers of Commerce)||Begins: 1989 Nov 16||Ends: 1990 Feb 21||Date of release: 2017 Jul 20||File classification: Confidential||Pages: 4|
|PREM19/2982||European Policy (European Monetary System (EMS): economic and monetary union) (Part 6) [part 5 is PREM19/3741]||Begins: 1989 Nov 16||Ends: 1990 Apr 30||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30||File classification: Secret||Pages: 393|
|PREM19/3579||Treasury (Barlow Clowes) (Part 3)||Begins: 1989 Nov 16||Ends: 1991 Dec 19||Date of release: Date of release: Temporarily Retained by Department|
|PREM19/2823||Prime Minister's Tours Abroad (Prime Minister's visit to Brussels for NATO Summit, December 1989: administrative arrangements)||Begins: 1989 Nov 19||Ends: 1989 Dec 5||Date of release: 2016 Dec 30|